can you please help?

I would like to autopopulate column C with values in column B sorted by the priority in column A.

Column A: Project names manually ordered by priority. Most important in top.

Column B: Mixed tasks from multiple projects.

Column C: Expected results.

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Here's one way to do it. We need to strip the -0 off of the input values, but otherwise its fairly straightforward. If you have FREAK-2 and FREAK-10, this will sort them as 2 and 10 instead of 10 then 2.

   "select Col1
     Col1 is not null and
     Col3 >0
    order by Col3, Col2",0)))

working demo

  • yeah, @daniele, without a match it'll revert to zero via the IFERROR. Did you want these values to go to the bottom of the list or disappear all together? I added a second formula for you to try. It won't return the values without a match.
    – tomf
    Jun 9 at 7:39
  • try the sheet I linked to at the bottom of the post. With the revised formula, anything without a match will not show up. In the sheet I included a second option that will give all non-matches a priority of 99, so they're at the bottom sorted alphabetically. Not sure why this response is downvoted.
    – tomf
    Jun 9 at 7:50
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    I think that now it's OK :)
    – Daniele
    Jun 9 at 7:54
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    Beautiful! Thanks you so much! :D
    – Szpiep
    Jun 10 at 6:10
  • happy to help! Thanks to Daniele for helping me refine it, too! :)
    – tomf
    Jun 10 at 8:54

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