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QUESTION:  I have a column of months, but when I try to sort them chronologically, I end up with them in alphabetical order, with April before January. How can I sort them correctly?

ANSWER:  Full and abbreviated months are included automatically in Excel Custom Lists. We will use one of the month choices to sort correctly:

  1. Click in a single cell in your data, then click the Sort button on the Data tab > Sort & Filter group. 

     Hint:  Right-click the Sort button to add it to your Quick Access Toolbar

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 2.  Select the column that contain the months in the Sort by drop-down, then select Custom List... from the Order drop-down

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 3.  Select the abbreviated or full month name list from the Custom lists options, depending on which matches your data, and click OK.

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