Sort Rows By Color in Excel

Since Excel 2007, cells can be sorted by color.  All you need to do is right click a cell that has the color fill or font color you desire to be on top. Then choose “Put selected color on top”.

Below is a screenshot before sorting.

sort by color excel

Right click to get the sort options.

put cell color on top

Make sure that you don’t have any blank rows or columns within your group list. Alternatively, you could click on the data tab then click sort. This will give you a dialog box where you can choose the field you want to sort by color and verify you have headers or not.

The final result will take the color filled cells sort. All cells on the same row will sort with the original position of the record.
sort by color finished excel


About Steve Chase

I'm a proud husband and dad to 4 boys! Microsoft Certified Trainer and Boy Scout Leader are some of things I call myself. The Cincinnati Reds are my favorite team! When not outdoors, I enjoy working with documents in Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, Visio and Photoshop. My wife, Erin, shares her awesome recipes on her blog at
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