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OpenOffice Writer 3.x Guide
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Sorting data in a table

Just as in a spreadsheet, Writer allows data in a table to be sorted. Up to three levels of sorting can be specified (for example, sort first by age numerically, then alphabetically by name within each age).

To sort data in a table:

Select the table (or part of the table) to be sorted.

From the menu bar, select Table > Sort. In the Sort dialog box:

  1. Decide whether you want to sort in the direction of rows or columns. The default sorting direction is by rows, which results in sorting the data in a column.
  2. Select up to three keys to sort on, in the correct order.
  3. For each key, select which column or row to sort on, whether the sort is Numeric or Alphanumeric and whether it is Ascending or Descending.
  4. Click OK to perform the sort.
Image:documentation_note.png You have to select all cells that might be affected by the sorting. For example, if you select only the cells of one column, the sort affects that column only, while the others remain unchanged. In such a case, you risk mixing the data of the rows.

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