Alphabetic

Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

AlphabeticAlphabetic or alphabetize describes a listing, sort, or order that is done alphabetically. An ascending alphabetic sort orders text by the first letter of the first word, with 'A' first and 'Z' last. (Other special characters, such as an underscore, are usually ordered to precede 'A'.) In the example below, a list of number names has been softed in ascending alphabetical order.

Example of an ascending alphabetic sort

eight
five
four
nine
one
seven
six
ten
three
two

Example of a descending alphabetic sort

Many programs and tools can also allow you to do a descending alphabetic sort that sorts every word from 'Z' to 'A' in a list of words.

two
three
ten
six
seven
one
nine
four
five
eight

Related pages

  • You can use our free online text tool to sort alphabetic ascending or alphabetic descending

Ascending, Lexicographical sort, Sort, Typography terms