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Chapter 13. Analyzing Data with Lists > Sorting a List in Natural Order

Sorting a List in Natural Order

It's often convenient to see the order in which records were entered into a list, or the natural order of the data. Normally, you can restore a list to its natural order by choosing Edit, Undo Sort immediately after a sort.

Unfortunately, after several sort operations, it's no longer possible to restore the natural order. The solution is to create a new field, called, say, Record, in which you assign consecutive numbers as you enter the data. The first record is 1, the second is 2, and so on. To restore the list to its natural order, you sort on the Record field.


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