How do I sort lines alpfabetically?
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For Writer: select the lines, then
Tools > Sort.
EDIT Make sure that the lines are really paragraphs, because the sort command will only sort by paragraph, not by line in a paragraph.
By the way, it really helps if you explain yourself more fully.
should we mention that lines here are actually paragraphs?
@karolus: you’re right.
It does not sort, still looks like this.
What should I explain?
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Thanks, and I repeat: What should I explain?
Have you selected your list before applying
If you didn’t, Writer, supposing your question is relative to Writer and not to Calc or Impress (you didn’t change tag common), will sort the paragraph containing the cursor. Sorting a single paragraph is a no-op.
Hit Ctrl+F10 to show the non-printable characters. Your lines might be separated by line feeds (symbol: back arow). This means that all the words belong to one paragraph. The end of a paragraph is shown by a pilcrow: ¶.
Select the list.
Below “Other options” check “Regular expressions”
(yes, Find and Replace are the same, don’t ask yet)
Hit [Replace All] and every line should be terminated by a ¶.
Then call Tools>Sort…
If you copy a list from HTML, such as the list in your earlier comment, the items are often separated by line feeds, not paragraphs, so the list cannot be sorted until the line feeds are replaced by paragraphs. The Find and Replace is to find the line feeds and replace them with paragraphs, see
\n in List of Regular Expressions
Your image shows paragraph marks between entries so you do not need to do Find and Replace for that particular list. So just:
- Select your entire list and click Tools > Sort
- Enter your sort requirements there (the default setting is probably what you want) and click OK.
The sort procedure has been given twice already in this question. What result do you get when you do that?
And how do line numbers sort the country names?