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How to Fix Too Many Formats When Sorting in Excel

When you have too many different formats in your Excel spreadsheet, it can be difficult to sort the data correctly. There are a few things that you can do to fix this problem:

  1. First, try to use the "Text to Columns" feature in Excel. This can be found under the Data tab, and it will allow you to split up your data into different columns based on the format that you choose. For example, if you have a column of dates that are all in the same format, you can use this feature to split them up into separate day, month, and year columns.
  2. If the "Text to Columns" feature doesn't work for your data, or if you just prefer not to use it, you can try manually sorting your data. To do this, first select all of the cells that you want to sort. Then, go to the Data tab and click on the "Sort" button. In the Sort dialog box, make sure that the "My data has headers" option is selected (if it isn't already), and then choose the column that you want to sort by from the drop-down menu. Finally, click on the "Sort" button.
  3. If your data is still not sorting correctly, it may be because there are some cells that are blank. To fix this, select all of the cells that you want to sort, go to the Data tab, and click on the "Filter" button. In the Filter dialog box, select the column that you want to filter by from the drop-down menu and then choose "Does not equal" from the second drop-down menu. Finally, click on the "OK" button.

By following these steps, you should be able to fix too many formats when sorting in Excel.

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