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after sorting data in ascending order, how do i unsort it to get back the original format? i can't find the option anywhere on the excel ribbon for this

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Good mornng - I am new to the forum - my name is Jena

My question is this - I have a large spreadsheet with multiple columns of information. I want to sort it by a certain column. I know how to do this. My question is, once I'm done with my work I want to sort it back to the original "sort" but I'm not sure how they have it sorted. I've tried to figure out how they have it sorted but can't. Is there some way to go back to the original sort?

Thank you for your anticipated help.


I know this question has been asked a bajillion times, so I apologize for the redundancy.

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I've been struggling with this for a while now and can't believe how hard it is!. I've searched on this site and on others to get some clarification but to no avail.

It's pretty simple really. I have a user form which contains a tex box for a user to input the date I want the format to be dd/mm/yyyy but can't find out how to set the format of the text box to this.

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if E3="Yes", then F3 conditional format to Yellow until data is entered in it.
if E3="No", then F3 conditional format to Black
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Greer Nancy

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