How to Sort by Date in VBA (With Examples)


You can use the following basic syntax in VBA to sort rows by date:

Sub SortByDate()
Range("A1:C10").Sort Key1:=Range("A1"), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes
End Sub

This particular example sorts the rows in the range A1:C10 by the dates in column A from earliest to latest.

If you’d like to sort the rows by date from latest to earliest then you can specify Order1:=xlDescending instead.

Note that Header:=xlYes specifies that the first row should be treated as a header row.

The following example shows how to use this syntax in practice.

Example: Sort By Date Using VBA

Suppose we have the following dataset in Excel that contains information about sales and refunds at some store on various dates:

Suppose we would like to sort the rows by date from earliest to latest.

We can create the following macro to do so:

Sub SortByDate()
Range("A1:C10").Sort Key1:=Range("A1"), Order1:=xlAscending, Header:=xlYes
End Sub

When we run this macro, we receive the following output:

Notice that the rows are now sorted by date from earliest to latest date.

To instead sort the rows by date from latest to earliest, we we can specify Order1:=xlDescending:

Sub SortByDate()
Range("A1:C10").Sort Key1:=Range("A1"), Order1:=xlDescending, Header:=xlYes
End Sub

When we run this macro, we receive the following output:

Notice that the rows are now sorted by date from latest to earliest date.

Note #1: In this example we sorted by one column. However, you can specify more Keys to sort by multiple columns.

Note #2: You can find the complete documentation for the VBA Sort method here.

Additional Resources

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in VBA:

VBA: How to Sort Sheet by Multiple Columns
VBA: How to Count Number of Rows in Range
VBA: How to Filter a Column

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