How to alphabetize in google docs? Easy Steps with Screenshots

The term Alphabetize refers to sorting out text in either ascending or descending order based on their first letter. You can sort out a group of text or paragraph either in A-Z format or in Z-A format. This is just similar to the sorting based on numbers. If you are specialized in MS word and other text editors, you will see built-in features to do this job. Whereas in Google Docs, there is no default option to alphabetize text.

Since there are many limitations for Google Docs, Google team allows you to install third-party add-ons to fix all issues and to add extra features. Note that, these add-ons are not created by the Google team and are developed by developers from other parts of the world.

Sorted Paragraph is one such plugin intended to sort out text based on their first character. You can download the plugin for free and can make use in Google Docs and Google Sheets. This article shows how you can install this plugin and how to alphabetize text in Google Docs in ascending and descending order.

How to alphabetize in Google Docs?

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How to alphabetize in Google Docs?

Here are the step by step instructions to sort text based on alphabets. You can sort either in ascending or descending order.

Step 1:- Login to your Google Docs account and open the file to sort by alphabets.

Step 2:- Now click on Add-ons –> Get Add-ons. This will list a box where you can search for a particular addon.

Step 3:- Search for “Sorted Paragraphs” and you will get an addon as shown in the below image. Click on the +Free button to add it to your google addon list.

alphabetize in google docs

Step 4:- Now you have to authenticate the add-on using your Google account. It is just an automatic procedure and you just need to agree with the terms and conditions to complete the step.

Step 5:- After installing the addon, select the text you want to sort in ascending or descending order based on the alphabet.

Step 6:- Now click on Addon again and you can see addon names “Sorted Paragraphs“. Just right to that, there is the option to sort from A-Z or Z-A.

How to alphabetize in google docs?

Video Tutorial for Alphabetize in Google Docs

If you don’t understand the instructions mentioned above, don’t worry. Here is a video tutorial showing how to sort in alphabetic order in Google Docs.


Google Docs does not have all the features same as MS Word. Instead, it has it’s own features. If you are good with MS word, you will find difficulties in gettings the same features on Google Docs. But you can make use of the addons to solve almost all issues. Alphabetizing text is one among them. There is no built-in feature to sort text based on their alphabets either in ascending o descending order. But it is possible with add-ons like “Sorted Paragraphs“.

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