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Registered: ‎09-18-2018

Sorting by Measure that Uses Dynamic Format

I have a measure that dynamically changes based on a parameter that the user controls. The user can choose quantity or value from the parameter, and this measure switches to provide the selected value and formats it correctly. This is how the measure looks:

 

[Actual ] =
IF (
ISFILTERED ( 'Choose Comparison Metric'[Metric] ),
SWITCH (
TRUE (),
LASTNONBLANK ( 'Choose Comparison Metric'[Metric], "" ) = "Quantity", format(sum('Details'[Quantity]), "#,##0"),
LASTNONBLANK ( 'Choose Comparison Metric'[Metric], "" ) = "Value", format([This Month Value]/1000000, "$#,##0.0M"),
format(sum('Details'[Quantity]), "#,##0")
),
format(sum('Details'[Quantity]), "#,##0")
)

 

This part works fine, but the issue I am running into is that once this gets displayed in a matrix, Power BI is treating both of these as text and the user won't be able to sort by that column correctly if they click on the column header. I was wondering if there is a way to keep the formatting for display but force the sorting to be based on the actual value in the measure? if not, are there other solutions for this?

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Posts: 1,627
Registered: ‎07-03-2015

Re: Sorting by Measure that Uses Dynamic Format

No, you can’t do it. This is why the solution is only half a solution. You can vote for my idea here https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/15231165-conditional-formatted-me...

* Matt is a Microsoft MVP (Power BI) and author of the Power BI Book Supercharge Power BI.
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Registered: ‎09-18-2018

Re: Sorting by Measure that Uses Dynamic Format

[ Edited ]

Thanks for the info Matt! I voted on your idea.