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WinWord Err Msg: Cannot Sort Fields in Selection


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for Windows, versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c, 6.0, 6.0a, 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word for Windows, version 7.0


The Word version 2.0 and 6.0 for Windows error:

Word cannot sort fields in the selection

or Word version 1.x for Windows error:

Cannot sort fields in selection

can occur when using the Sort Text command from the Table menu in 6.0 or the Sort command from the Tools menu in version 2.0 or the Utilities menu in version 1.x for one of two reasons:

  1. The current selection contains a field whose result contains more than one paragraph. You must unlink the field, then try to sort again.

To unlink or break the link between a field and its source of data, highlight the field and use the Unlink Field key (CTRL+SHIFT+F9).

  1. The column selection contains only part of a field in one of the lines. Try to put the whole field on one line and make sure the column selection is as large as the field.

Additional query words: w4werror winword2 winword word6 7.0 word95 1.x 2.x 6.0 word7

Keywords : kbfield
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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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