I've got a large sheet (tens of thousands rows) grouped into hundreds of different groups. All the groups are collapsed so I only see the top-level cell of each group. Now I want to sort on a these top-level cells. But when I do so, the collapsed groups don't move with the cells.
For a simple example, if I have the following sheet with 6 rows and 2 columns:
A A1 A2 B B1 B2
Select rows 2 and 3 and under the "Data" menu select "Group rows 2-3", then select 5 and 6 and "Group rows 5-6", then click on the "-" for each group to collapse it. Now "Data" -> "Sort sheet by Column A, Z -> A".
If I expand the groups after this, I see:
B A1 A2 A B1 B2
When what I need to see is this:
B B1 B2 A A1 A2
How can I accomplish this?
Update: As requested in the comments, here is a link to this simple example: Group Sort Test
However, I'm not sure how useful this is - I notice that in view only mode you aren't able to expand/collapse the groups or sort, and I'm not sure it's wise to allow any anonymous reader to have edit access.