## Sort values in parallel in excel, part 2

*Article last updated on January 24, 2012*

**Ralee asks in in this blog post: Sort values in parallel (array formula)**

If there is information in adjacent columns, say:

Joel, AA, 7

Mark, FF, 31

Nick, AA, 7

with the possibility of matching sort criteria (columns 2 & 3), how would I display the corresponding data after the sort (sorting only columns 2 & 3) without repeats; that is,

Joel, AA, 7

Nick, AA, 7

Mark, FF, 31

Instead of:

Joel, AA, 7

Joel, AA, 7

Mark, FF, 31

?

**Answer:**

**Array formula in F2:**

+ CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER

**Array formula in G2:**

+ CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER copied down as far as needed.

**Array formula in H2:**

+ CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER copied down as far as needed.

**Named ranges**

Descr (C2:C15)

Qty (D2:D15)

What is named ranges?

**Explaining array formula in cell F2**

**Step 1 - **

**Download excel sample file for this tutorial**

Array-formula-sorts-columns-in-parallel2.xls

(Excel 97-2003 Workbook *.xls)

**Functions in this article:**

**IF(**logical_test;[value_if:true];[value_if_false]**)
**Checks whether a condition is met, and returns one value if TRUE, and another value if FALSE

**INDEX(**array,row_num,[column_num]**)**

Returns a value or reference of the cell at the intersection of a particular row and column, in a given range

**SMALL(**array,k**)** returns the k-th smallest row number in this data set.

**ROW(**reference**)** returns the rownumber of a reference

**MATCH(**lookup_value;lookup_array; [match_type]**)**

Returns the relative position of an item in an array that matches a specified value

**COUNTIF(**range,criteria**)**

Counts the number of cells within a range that meet the given condition

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Great! That's exactly what I needed.

~Thanks

there is an error is your named ranges

Qty (B2:B15) should be Qty (d2:d15)

Descr (B2:B15) should be Descr (c2:c15)

Paul,

thanks!

Please tell me why you put "65536" in your array formula

thx