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Sorting the Slicer

Hi, 

I am struggling with how to sort the slilcer the way I need: 

 

I have a table like this: 

Number Month

1           Jan

2           Feb. 

3           March

etc... 

 

The slicer only allows sorting alphabetically, but I want the months in the Slicere to be sorted by their Number. I know now the Slicer suprisingly doesn't allow to sort by another column in the table. So what are my options? 

I followed this recommerndation https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-sort-by-column/ and  sorted by the Number in the QueryEditor, but it has no effect on how the Months are displayed. Am I doing somehtign wrong, or is it Slicer's specific?

 

Thanks a lot!

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Sorting the Slicer

@sanoraya - To order your months by a number range I go to the data tab in Power BI desktop:

 

Data tab.PNG

 

In the ribbon you will see the Sort By Column button. Select the column you are interested in first (in my picture it would be Months), then click the Sort By Columns button.

 

Now you need to have a column which lists the months in the numeric order you want. For example, January will always show up as 1. In the sort by column button you will then need to click the appropriate column containing the month numbers.

 

This will then sort your slicer the way you want.

 

Thanks,

 

Giles

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Continued Contributor

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Hi @sanoraya,

 

   try following my post here.

Let me know if it works.

 

#I'M Not An Expert#

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Skilled Sharer

Re: Sorting the Slicer

@sanoraya - To order your months by a number range I go to the data tab in Power BI desktop:

 

Data tab.PNG

 

In the ribbon you will see the Sort By Column button. Select the column you are interested in first (in my picture it would be Months), then click the Sort By Columns button.

 

Now you need to have a column which lists the months in the numeric order you want. For example, January will always show up as 1. In the sort by column button you will then need to click the appropriate column containing the month numbers.

 

This will then sort your slicer the way you want.

 

Thanks,

 

Giles

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Continued Contributor

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Hi @sanoraya,

 

   try following my post here.

Let me know if it works.

 

#I'M Not An Expert#

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Frequent Visitor

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Thank you very much!

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Advocate I
Advocate I

Re: Sorting the Slicer

The solution is far easier than I thought. 

 

Steps

  1. In the "Fields" pane, click on the field that is being dispalyed.
  2. On the "Modeling" tab, click "Sort By Column".
  3. Chose the column that you want to sort the displayed field by.
  4. Viola
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Helper I
Helper I

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Hi, I did that but didn't work for me 😞 

 

I have a weekdays slicer and tried the same..I created a column of week days numbers and sorted by it ....it did sort the table but nothing changed on the report page the slicer is sorted alphabetically 

 Help Please !!!!!

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Frequent Visitor

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Is there a way to sort in descending order? I have 3 columns and ID, Name, and Count. I want to sort by the largest count first.

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Regular Visitor

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Me too.

 

want calendar sorted by fin year.

Slicer is randomly sorted, and does not respond to sorting the source data table

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Advocate II
Advocate II

Re: Sorting the Slicer

I cannot see this working.

 

My report seems completely agnostic to sort order in the tables view. The control only gives me option of sorting in the order of the field itself 😞

 

EDIT: Hey Presto! I got it to work. It is crucial to understand that sort order is specified separately on each column, and not on the table as a whole. In the typical scenario, where one wants the slicer sorted according to values in another column, the relevant sort order must be specified on the column holding the display values of the slicer.

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Helper I
Helper I

Re: Sorting the Slicer

Nice one @Dag. That's the key 🙂 

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