How to Use Sort with Google Sheets Query

Last Updated on October 31, 2023 by Jake Sheridan

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use sort with Google Sheets query.

How to Use Sort with Google Sheets Query

The Google Sheets QUERY function is an incredibly powerful tool that allows you to quickly analyze and manipulate large datasets.

One useful feature of the QUERY function is the ability to sort the data in your dataset. This can be a great way to see the most recent data, or to organize data by certain criteria.

In this guide, we will show you how to use the ORDER BY keyword in your query text when using the QUERY function. We will also explain how to change the sorting from ascending to descending order.

How to Sort a Google Sheets Query

Here’s our step-by-step guide on how to sort a Google Sheets query .

Step 1

First, type the QUERY function in your chosen cell.

Step 2

Next, fill out the arguments for the QUERY function. The first argument should be the data you want to query from and the second argument should be the query itself. You may also provide a third argument to determine whether you want to ignore header rows.

In this example, we want to select columns A, B, and C from the range A1:F28. We’ll include the ORDER BY keyword to indicate we want to order our result by using a particular column (Column C in this case).

Step 3

Hit the Enter key to evaluate the function. The formula should now output the result of the query.

Do note that only the indicated columns in the query will appear in the results.

Step 4

By default, the ORDER BY keyword sorts in ascending order. If you want to order in descending order, add the keyword DESC after mentioning the column to sort by.

Step 5

We can also sort using two or more columns.

In the example above, we ordered our data by column F in descending order. Any entries that have the same value will be then ordered by column C in ascending order.


This guide should be everything you need to learn how to use sort with Google Sheets query.

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