How To Alphabetize In Google Sheets

Google Sheets, a cloud-based spreadsheet software, offers a multitude of features that make organizing and analyzing data a breeze. One such feature is the ability to alphabetize (or sort) your data. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of how to alphabetize your data in Google Sheets.

Step 1: Open your Google Sheets Document

Firstly, you need to open your Google Sheets document. This can be an existing document containing data or a new document that you want to input data into.

Step 2: Highlight the Data to Alphabetize

Next, highlight the data that you want to alphabetize. This can be a single column, multiple columns, or the entire sheet, depending on your requirements.

Step 3: Navigate to the Data Menu

Once you have highlighted the data, click on the ‘Data’ tab from the menu bar at the top of the page.

Step 4: Select Sort Range

After clicking on the ‘Data’ menu, a drop-down list will appear. Select ‘Sort range’ from this list.

Step 5: Sort Your Data

A pop-up box will appear after you select ‘Sort range’. Here, you can specify how you want to sort your data.

You can alphabetize your data in ascending order (A-Z) or descending order (Z-A). If your data includes a header row, make sure to tick the checkbox ‘Data has header row’, so that Google Sheets does not include this row in the sorting process.

Here is an example of how to sort in ascending order:

Range: A1:B20
Column to sort by: Column A
Sort order: A -> Z
Data has header row: Checked

After filling in the details, click on ‘Sort’ and Google Sheets will alphabetize your data based on your specifications.


The ability to alphabetize data in Google Sheets is a powerful tool for organizing and managing your data. Whether you’re dealing with a small data set or multiple columns of complex data, knowing how to sort your data alphabetically can save you a lot of time and effort, ensuring that your data is always presented in a clear and understandable format.