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Power BI – Sorting data by a column not shown in visual

Sort data in Power BI

In this blog you will understand “How you can sort data by a column not shown in visual? Or Sorting data by a measure not shown in visual?”

Let’s start with chart visual-

Follow these steps-

Step-1: Add one clustered column chart into Power BI report canvas with some columns-

  • Axis: Drag Region column
  • Values: Drag Sales column
Clustered column chart PBI

Clustered column chart PBI





Step-2: You can see in the screenshot below, the data is sorting by sales column in ascending order.

Clustered column chart sort data

Clustered column chart sort data

Step-3: Suppose, you want to sort data by Profit instead of Sales column without adding Profit column in visual.
So you can achieve this by using this simple trick – Add that column in Tooltip.

Sort data by tooltip in chart visual

Sort data by tooltip in chart visual

As you can see in above screenshot data sorted by Profit. In Tooltip section you can also drag the measure.



Sort data by column without shown in Table visual-

Table visual does not support the tooltip, so here we will hide the column after sort the data, follow these steps-

Step-1: Let’s take Table visual into Power BI report page and drag Region, Sales & Profit columns.

Step-2: Go to Format section and turned off Word wrap for “column headers” & “Values”.

Step-3: After that click on table ellipse icon(…) and sort data by Profit in ASC order.

Sort data in table visual

Sort data in table visual




Step-4: Now hide the Profit column by just dragging the column width right to left and make it very small.

Hide column in Table visual in Power BI

Hide column in Table visual in Power BI

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