Notice data is sorted in ascending order (A-Z) by default. With this formula in F5, the SORT function outputs the sorted array in F5:H14.

### Ascending vs. Descending

Data is sorted in ascending order (A-Z) by default. This behavior is controlled by an optional third argument, sort_order. The default value for sort_order is 1, so both formulas below return the same result as shown in the example above: To sort in descending (Z-A) order, set sort_order to -1. In the example below, we are sorting data in descending order by score, which is the second column:

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