Step 1: Enter your list in to the large text area, where it says "enter your list of items below to sort them in alphabetical order." You can do this either by cutting and pasting from a Word or text document, or by typing your list in, line by line.
Step 2: If your list is separated by a comma, or has a space between each item, choose the corresponding option under "seperate terms by." The alphabetizer will sort automatically so you probably won't need to change this - just leave it on auto unless you encounter problems.
Step 3: Make sure the alphabetize option is selected.
Step 4: Press the Alphabetize button beneath the text area.
There are plenty of options when alphabetizing, which are listed below. Please note that these explanations are very basic and don't fully describe all the functionality available in this web app.
This option simply alphabetizes your list.
If you give The Alphabetizer a list of names, and you need to alphabetize that list by last name, like for a list of wedding guests, insurance companies, lawyers, etc, please choose this option. It will use a special algorithm to detect the last name in each name and will alphabetize your list accordingly.
This option will help to alphabetize the titles of movies, films, books, records, music, laws, SEO terms - whatever you like - by ignoring articles (the, a, an, some, many) while sorting your list.
Sometimes you want to make all your text lowercase. This option will take all your text and make it lowercase.
This will capitalize the titles of each line without alphabetizing the actual list. Once you've capitalized your titles, simply select the Alphabetize option and you put your list in alphabetical order.
This option removes any duplicate lines from your list. This can be useful if you don't realize you have the same thing written on more than one line and you don't need it listed twice.
This option will take your list and reverse the order in which each term is listed. Turn your list on its head!
A quick way of removing any extra HTML from your list. Good for when you have a list of links or text copied from the View Source section of a website or if you're a coder or programmer that needs to display a web page without styling or links.
A fun list randomizer. Arrange the items of a list in random order. You could use this for a text game or to mix up a list. And don't worry: if you mess up the order, you can select the Alphabetize option and to quickly put your list back in alphabetical order.
This option lets you add numbers, letters, roman numerals, or another preface to each item in your list. You can also add a separator which will appear between the number/letter/roman numeral and your line of text. This is helpful for legal text, essay outlines, to enumarate lists, label book chapters, list sporting events, or anywhere you might need to add roman numerals to list.
Instead of taking a ton of time manually adding some custom text to the beginning of each item in your list, you can use this option to automatically add text to the beginning of each item in your list.
This option will let you remove the first word from each line in a list before putting it in alphabetical order.
Sometimes you want to ignore a word, or words, at the beginning of a line when you alphabetize. This option will let you ignore the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th word at the beginning of each line. You can also ignore definite articles such as "the" or ignore indefinite articles such as "a, an, some, any" in the list.
This option functions best if left on "auto" but if you have problems, you can choose a character, or a custom character, with which to separate the terms that are on your list.