Sort a list alphabetically in Word

You can sort a one-level bulleted or numbered list so the text appears in ascending (A to Z) or descending (Z to A) alphabetical order.

  1. Select the list you want to sort.

  2. Go to Home > Sort.

    Paragraph section in Word with Sort pointed out

  3. Set Sort by to Paragraphs and Text.

  4. Choose Ascending (A to Z) or Descending (Z to A).

  5. Select OK.

  1. Select the list you want to sort.

  2. On the Home tab, click Sort.

    On the Home tab, click the Sort button

  3. In the Sort Text dialog box:

    • Under Sort by, select Paragraphs.

    • Next to Type, select Text.

    • Choose Ascending or Descending.

  4. Click OK.

With Word for the web you can create numbered and bulleted lists, but you can’t sort lists alphabetically. You can sort lists alphabetically in the desktop version of Word.

If you have Word, select Open in Word.

Then follow the instructions in the Windows tab.

For info on sort options, see Sort dialog box.

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