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2.6.7.8          maple leaf          California

7.2.7.5.6.8          lettuce          milk

3.7.8.2.1          hose          water

I tried to arrange this is ascending order, with the first column as the basis.  in the past i could get it but in word 2013 i cannot  e.g. 7.2.7.5.6.8 is a paragraph number but the program takes 7.2.7.5.6.8 right on top thinking that it is a numerically larger number

could you please assist on this

thank you

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When I sort this in Word 2013, whether I choose Text or Number, I get it in the desired order. I notice that Word defaults to sorting this as "Date" rather Text or Number, but that results in the order you show. To get 7.2.7.5.6.8 at the top, it would be necessary to sort in descending rather than ascending order. Are you sure you have set all the parameters correctly?

If the paragraph numbers are auto numbers or cross-references to auto numbers, they might behave differently.
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