This how to video shows you how to sort data in Excel in a custom order. First, open a spread sheet in Excel. Select a column of cells with words that you want sorted. Click the office button and select Excel options. Go to edit custom list. You will see different custom lists. Click import to import your selection as a custom list. Next, you can go back to a sheet with those words that you want sorted and click the sort command. Select custom list on the order tab and select your new custom list. Click okay and you will notice the list is sorted in the way you wrote it in the custom list.