How to Sort Alphabetically in OpenOffice

Techwalla may earn compensation through affiliate links in this story. is a free, open-source software suite that includes applications for creating reports, spreadsheets, slideshow presentations, databases and illustrations. OpenOffice Calc can create or modify spreadsheets. The application shares some of the same features and functions as Microsoft Excel. Users can organize spreadsheets and sort lists in ascending or descending order based on certain criteria. To sort a column alphabetically in OpenOffice Calc, highlight the column and use the sort function.

Step 1

Launch "OpenOffice Calc" from the "Start" menu. Click "File." Click "Open." Navigate to the folder where the spreadsheet you want to modify is saved.

Step 2

Select the file and click "Open." Select the column or columns to sort.

Step 3

Select the "Sort Ascending" or "Sort Descending" button from the toolbar. OpenOffice Calc will organize the column or columns in alphabetical or reverse-alphabetical order.