SORT function - Zoho Sheet - Help Guide


Sorts a given array or range of values based on the specified criteria. It is a dynamic array function, where the result array may increase or decrease in size based on the source range.




SORT(range; [sort_by]; [order]; [direction])

range: The range containing the array of values to sort. Eg., A2:B11

sort_by: Number indicating the row or column to sort the range by. Eg., 1

order: Indicates the order in which the range should be sorted.

If 1, the range is sorted in ascending order

If -1, the range is sorted in descending order

direction: Logical expression that specifies direction of sort. Defaults to FALSE if omitted.

If TRUE, sorts by column

If FALSE, sorts by row






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Possible Errors





  • The function could not find the value it was asked to look for. Commonly occurs in VLOOKUP and similar functions.


  • The function name is incorrect or invalid.

  • The given defined name (if any) is invalid.

  • There is a typo in the defined name used in the function.

  • Double quotes are missing for text values in the function.

  • Colon missing in a cell range reference.


  • The given argument's data type is incorrect or invalid.
    For example, the function =DATE(A1:A3) will return a #VALUE error when a text value is present in the range.


  • The given cell reference is incorrect or invalid. This error may occur when a cell/range has been deleted, moved, or pasted over.


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