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junder Frequent Visitor
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Column Order in PBI

How can I keep the column order from my data source? PBI seems to change to alpha order. Ex. - Columns labeled and ordered: 'Actual, Previous, Budget, Forecast', get reordered in PBI as 'Actual, Budget, Forecast, Previous'.

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Re: Column Order in PBI

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Power BI Team AlexGorev
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Re: Column Order in PBI

If you are talking about the table\column order in the Field List, then curently you cannot change it. We do have a feature in the backlog to allow Alpha. Natural and Customer order.


If you want to sort categories in the visual using specific order, then you can use the Sort By feature in PBI Desktop. It allows you sorting one column in the model by another. You will need to create adiitional column in the table that contains the sort order as a numeric.



ashishrj Senior Member
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Re: Column Order in PBI

@junder You can create a new calculated column with Actual=1, Previous=2, Budget=3, Forecast=4 and later sort original calculated column based on this new calculated column by selecting the filed and Modeling option as shown below



vvanasperen Frequent Visitor
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Re: Column Order in PBI

@AlexGorev: Could you point me to the link in the backlog? Or is this something we don't have to vote for anymore? ;-)

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