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    Table sorting (Office 2K SR-1)

    Does anyone know if there's a way to sort Word tables over more than one column? Let's say I have a table with 2 columns. Is there any way to have Word sort the table alphabetically from one column to the next? So it would start at the top of column 1 and sort down then up to the top of column 2 and sort down.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Troy

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    Re: Table sorting (Office 2K SR-1)

    No, that's not the way sorting in a table works. It *is* the way text in snaking columns is sorted, so it might be better to oganize your data that way, if possible.

    Otherwise:

    Cut the second column to the clipboard
    Copy it below the first column (make sure you don't have an empty paragraph in between).
    Sort the new one-column table.
    Cut the upper half of the table to the clipboard.
    Select the remaining table, and insert a column (it should push the existing column to the right).
    Paste into the new column.

    Rather tedious...

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    Re: Table sorting (Office 2K SR-1)

    Thanks for oyur response Hans, but what do you mean by "snaking columns"? And how would I organize my data that way?

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    Re: Table sorting (Office 2K SR-1)

    You can divide text into columns by selecting Format/Columns... or by clicking the Columns button on the standard toolbar.

    Say that you divide a page into three columns this way. When you start typing, you will fill the first column first; when you reach the bottom of the page, you will continue at the top of the second column, down to the bottom, then at the top of the third column and down again. This is meant by "snaking".

    If you have existing "normal" text (not in a table), you can divide it into columns by selecting the text, clicking the Columns button and selecting the desired number of columns. If you already have a table, it's best to convert it to text using paragraph marks as separators, then divide into columns.

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    Re: Table sorting (Office 2K SR-1)

    I've been able to do this for a three-column "table" by creating one narrow table (just under 1/3 of the width of the page), then applying columns. You can play with the column margins to get the desired spacing between the columns. Just keep in mind that if you want left/right borders to show, the table needs to be located within the column margins.
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