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Chapter 12. Setting Up Tables > Sorting Table Contents

Sorting Table Contents

Typing stuff into a table can be a pain in the butt if you need the contents to be in order. In Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, you can type the stuff in any order you like and then sort table contents alphabetically or numerically. In Dreamweaver, you can do the same thing. No, really!

To sort table contents:

1.
Click within the table you want to sort.

2.
From the Document window menu bar, select Commands > Sort Table. The Sort Table dialog box will appear (Figure 12.97).

Figure 12.97. Use the Sort Table dialog box to specify criteria by which to sort the contents of a table.


3.
From the Sort By drop-down menu, select the column (by number) to sort by first.

4.
From the Order drop-down menu, select Alphabetically or Numerically.

5.
From the next drop-down menu, select Ascending (A–Z, 1–9) or Descending (Z–A, 9–1).

6.
To sort by a secondary column next, repeat steps 3–5 for the Then By section of the dialog box.

7.
To include the first row in your sort, check the Sort Includes First Row checkbox.

8.
To have any row formatting travel with the sort, check the Keep TR Attributes With Sorted Row checkbox.

9.
Click on OK to close the Sort Table dialog box. The table will be sorted according to the criteria you specified.


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