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ahpitre Member
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Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working

I am using the Matrix visual Trying to sort by a column that is not shown in the Matrix. I applied sorting at the Data Model, but this is having no effect on the Visual level. This is what I am trying to do :

 

  1. Date column - MM/DD/YYYY, this is the column I want to use to sort in Descending order.
  2. Date_MM_YYYY column - this is the column displayed in visual, it is a MMM YYYYY format (E.g. Aug 2018).

If I display the Date column it will use the sort order from the Model.

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danb Member
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column disabled

@ahpitre

can you provide a sample of your data?

ahpitre Member
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column disabled

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Some sample data. First I tried creating a calculated column at the Model Level to convert MM/DD/YYYY (Datetime in SQL) to MMM YYYY (Eg. Aug 2018...). This didn't work. I removed the calculated column and actually created similar column but in SQL code. Column is correctly displayed in the Data Model (see above), and the sort is correct (by the actuall full MM/DD/YYY descending order, see above). Nothing seems to work. It seems like only if a column is actually shown in the visual will the visual sort by it.

 

Notes :

 

  1. Using Power BI Desktop RS/PBIRS March 2018 version.
  2. Using the Matrix visual.
Community Support Team
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column disabled

Hi @ahpitre,

Based on my test, you could use the "Sort by Column" function.

Sample data:

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Choose the column you want to sort.

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You can also download the PBIX file to have a view.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/4rplbfptgglnaaz/Column%20sorting%20in%20matrix%20visual%20-%20Sort%20By%20...

 

Regards,

Daniel He

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ahpitre Member
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working

Thanks for your feedback. I tried this but it doesn't seem to work with the Matrix visual. I think this is just a limitation (or maybe a bug?) of the Matrix visual.

Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column disabled

Hi @ahpitre,

Based on my test, it could work on my side, could you please share the pbix if possible or you could refer to this link:

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Custom-Sorting-in-PowerBI/td-p/126534

 

Regards,

Daniel He

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ahpitre Member
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working

All the artciles I have seen so far refer to other visuals. I am using the Matrix visual, doesn't work in this type of visual.

 

To clarify, I renamed this issue to Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working, the Sort by column button is enabled, but the Visual is simply not displaying correctly if the selected column is not visible in the Tablix visual.

Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working

Hi @ahpitre,

It could work on my side and I could not reproduce your problem, could you please share the pbix if possible or create a sample data to have a tets?

 

Regards,

Daniel He

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ahpitre Member
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Re: Column sorting in matrix visual - Sort By Column not working

Are you using the Matrix visual? I am using Matrix with March 2018 Power BI Desktop RS version.