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SortSpecial Method [Excel 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

Uses East Asian sorting methods to sort the range, a PivotTable report, or uses the method for the active region if the range contains only one cell. For example, Japanese sorts in the order of the Kana syllabary. For more information, see the argument list.

expression.SortSpecial(SortMethod, Key1, Order1, Type, Key2, Order2, Key3, Order3, Header, OrderCustom, MatchCase, Orientation, DataOption1, DataOption2, DataOption3)

expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.

XlSortMethod can be one of these XlSortMethod constants.
xlStroke. Sorting by the quantity of strokes in each character.
xlPinYin default. Phonetic Chinese sort order for characters.

Key1  Optional Variant. The first sort field, as either text (a PivotTable field or range name) or a Range object ("Dept" or Cells(1, 1), for example).

XlSortOrder can be one of these XlSortOrder constants.
xlDescending. Sorts Key1 in descending order.
xlAscending default. Sorts Key1 in ascending order.

XlSortType can be one of these XlSortType constants.
xlSortLabels. Sorts the PivotTable report by labels.
xlSortValues. Sorts the PivotTable report by values.

Key2  Optional Variant. The second sort field, as either text (a PivotTable field or range name) or a Range object. If you omit this argument, there's no second sort field. Cannot be used when sorting PivotTable reports.

XlSortOrder can be one of these XlSortOrder constants.
xlDescending. Sorts Key2 in descending order.
xlAscending default. Sorts Key2 in ascending order.

Key3  Optional Variant. The third sort field, as either text (a range name) or a Range object. If you omit this argument, there's no third sort field. Cannot be used when sorting PivotTable reports.

XlSortOrder can be one of these XlSortOrder constants.
xlDescending. Sorts Key3 in descending order.
xlAscending default. Sorts Key3 in ascending order.

XlYesNoGuess can be one of these XlYesNoGuess constants.
xlGuess. Lets Microsoft Excel determine whether there's a header, and to determine where it is, if there is one.
xlNo default. The entire range should be sorted.
xlYes. The entire range should not be sorted.

OrderCustom  Optional Variant. This argument is a one-based integer offset to the list of custom sort orders. If you omit OrderCustom, (normal sort order) is used.

MatchCase  Optional Variant. True to do a case-sensitive sort; False to do a sort that's not case sensitive. Cannot be used when sorting PivotTable reports.

XlSortOrientation can be one of these XlSortOrientation constants.
xlSortRows default. The sort is done by row.
xlSortColumns. The sort is done by column.

XlSortDataOption can be one of these XlSortDataOption constants.
xlSortTextAsNumbers. Treats text as numeric data for the sort.
xlSortNormal default. Sorts numeric and text data separately.

XlSortDataOption can be one of these XlSortDataOption constants.
xlSortTextAsNumbers. Treats text as numeric data for the sort.
xlSortNormal default. Sorts numeric and text data separately.

XlSortDataOption can be one of these XlSortDataOption constants.
xlSortTextAsNumbers. Treats text numeric data for the sort.
xlSortNormal default. Sorts numeric and text data separately.

Remarks

Note   If no arguments are defined with the Sort method, Microsoft Excel will sort the selection, chosen to be sorted, in ascending order.

Example

This example sorts the range A1:A5 using Pin Yin (phonetic Chinese sort order for characters). In order to sort Chinese characters, this example assumes the user has Chinese language support for Microsoft Excel. Even without Chinese language support, Excel will default to sorting any numbers placed within the specified range for this example. This example assumes there is data contained in the range A1:A5.

Sub SpecialSort()

    Application.Range("A1:A5").SortSpecial SortMethod:=xlPinYin

End Sub
		


Applies to | Range Collection

See Also | Sort Method


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