When I select a cell range and go to Data>Sort Range>A to Z, it works perfectly!

but when I select a cell range and press Alt + D + S + A, then it gives me an error that few of my cells are merged (which they are), but those merged cells are not in the cell range I want to sort.


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Wrong Shortcut

You are using the wrong keyboard shortcut:

  1. The keyboard shortcut for sorting ascending a range by the first selected column, where is a placeholder for that column letter,

    Data > Sort Range > Sort Range by Column <X> (A-Z)

    should be

    Alt+D R R *   or   Alt+Shift+D R R *
  2. The keyboard shortcut you are using,

    Alt+D S A

    is for sorting ascending the entire sheet by the first selected column, and since it is sorting the sheet, any merged cells outside the selection would be included.

* If you have 'Compatible spreadsheet shortcuts' enabled, you need to use Alt+Shift. If you do not, you can use either Alt+Shift or Alt.

The toggle is accessed using Ctrl+/ and under Help >Keyboard shortcuts

'Compatible spreadsheet shortcuts' toggle

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    what to do if I want to sort for example the "H" column? (Also Apologies, I didn't see your comment till now, I thought this question was closed by the website) Commented Jul 11 at 19:09
  • Alt+D R R and Alt+D R T (asc/desc) will always sort a range by its first column. To sort the range E2:I100 by column H ascending you would instead use Alt+D R S Tab Tab Tab Enter ↓ ↓ ↓ Enter Tab Tab Tab Tab Enter. To sort E2:I100 by column H descending you would use Alt+D R S Tab Tab Tab Enter ↓ ↓ ↓ Enter Tab → Tab Tab Tab Enter In both cases you need as many between the 2 Enter keys as the sort column is offset from the range's first column. You can see why mice have their place ;-)
    – Blindspots
    Commented Jul 12 at 0:15
  • @dudeAwesome I edited the answer with notes regarding "compatible spreadsheet shortcuts", and also clarified some of my explanation which was a bit imprecise.
    – Blindspots
    Commented Jul 12 at 1:09

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