You can sort a selection of paragraphs in ascending or descending order with a click, whether your data is in a table format or not.
For example, let’s say you typed New Jersey, California, Arkansas and Nevada each on its own line. You would now like to sort them alphabetically. Select the text you want sorted. On the Home tab, Paragraph group, click the button with AZ and a down arrow. Allow all defaults, and click OK. Now it should show Arkansas, California, Nevada and New Jersey. It will move any other text that was in that paragraph, too.