Office & Productivity Software forum

General discussion

Microsoft Office & spreadsheets

Have Windows XP, with SP2. Have Microsoft Works/Word 2000. No working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Am researching family tree, and have started a spreadsheet of all info from birth, marr., death certs.(now into hundreds).

Problem is, I want to sort all columns in s/s, not just two, which seems to be case with Works. For example, can sort surname,(column A, or Christian name
(column B), but no other columns.

Want to investigate pattern, within branches of family. For example, would like to know, which individuals with name Smith, were born, married or died at Acacia Avenue. This list would, ideally, be in chronological order. Will Microsoft Office, or any other software let me check this out. The more columns I can sort at one time would be ideal.

Hope someone can help.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Microsoft Office & spreadsheets
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Microsoft Office & spreadsheets
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Re: Excel

In reply to: Microsoft Office & spreadsheets

With Excel 2000 (spreadsheet) you can sort a 'database' on three columns, and filter on values. So the specific example you name could be done.

But for this data processing purposes I would advocate database software like MS Access, or - maybe even better - dedicated software like the programs found with and comparable searches. I don't have any experience with that kind of software myself, however, so I can't recommend anything. Maybe try another forum, or do some research yourself.


Collapse -

In reply to: Re: Excel

Thanks for the info. Family Tree software is not a problem, as I have one which suits me fine.

I had hoped that by sorting more than just a couple of columns I might have built up some kind of social history, regarding residence etc

Thanks again.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Here's Everything to Know About the 2019 Grammys

Find out how to watch the Grammy Awards if you don't have cable and more.