How to Alphabetize in Google Docs

Google Docs makes it easy to create documents with bulleted and numbered lists. However, how do you alphabetize in Google Docs? There doesn’t seem to be any option in the menu bar to carry out this task, but with few simple steps, you will be able to alphabetize lists in ascending or descending order just like in MS Word.

How to Alphabetize in Google Docs

Sorting a list in alphabetical order in Google Docs can be done in two ways. By installing two free addons on Google Docs, the application will allow sorting of lists from the menu bar.

Method 1: Sorted Paragraphs Add-on for Google Docs

The first method for sorting a list in alphabetical order in Google Docs can be done using an add-on called Sorted Paragraphs. Here are the steps to follow.

  1. Once your list is created in Google Docs, click on Add-ons menu item and select Get add-ons.
    get addons to alphabetize in google docs
  2. In the add-ons search box, type in “sorted paragraphs” and hit Enter.
  3. Click on the + Free button to add the add-on to Google Docs.
  4. Once the add-on is installed, highlight the list you wish to sort in alphabetical order and click on Add-ons from the menu bar and select Sorted Paragraph > Sort A to Z. This will alphabatically sort your list.
    sort list alphabetically in google docs

That’s all, your list should now be sorted!

Method 2: Doc Tools Addon for Google Docs

Doc Tools is a Google Doc addon which makes it easy to sort lists in alphabatical order (ascending or descending). In addition to this function, you can use Doc Tools addon to perform the following functions: Convert numbers to words, convert words to numbers, change to all uppercase, all lowercase and more. In order to sort the list alphabatically, follow the below steps.

  1. Once your list is created in Google Docs, click on Add-ons menu item and select Get add-ons.
    get addons to alphabetize in google docs
  2. In the add-ons search box, type in “doc tools” and hit Enter.
  3. Click on the + Free button to add the add-on to Google Docs.
  4. Once the add-on is installed, highlight the list you wish to sort in alphabetical order and click on Add-ons from the menu bar and select Doc Tools > Sort the selection ascending. This will alphabatically sort your list.
    alphabetize in google docs using doc tools

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