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## Creating Data Visualization sorted by combination of y-axis values

I currently have a stacked column chart with three aggregate values in the y-axis. Is it possible for me to sort by the combination of all three of these values? Currently, the sorting options only seem to allow for me to sort by one of these values, but I'm looking for a way to do all three.

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Super User

In the first step create measures for your segments (instead of just dragging and dropping the columns)

for example =

Cross_Sales = sum('financials'[Cross sales])

After you have 3 measures of segments, you should summarize them with new Dax measure :
sum_segments = [Measure_11]+[Measure_12]+[Measure_13]

than on X-Axis you need to put your categories :
on Y-Axis - 3 measures of segments.
on tooltip sum_segments

Result you can sort your columns by Sum_measures or by separate segment according to your needs:
Example of sorting by segment:

Example of sorting by sum_messures:

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Regards,
Rita Fainshtein | Microsoft MVP
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Super User

Hi @anonymous_thr

Regards,
Rita Fainshtein | Microsoft MVP
Regular Visitor

I can't do a screenshot of my data for obvious reasons, but as an example: see the below graph. It's  a stacked column chart. Imagine the values are different - I want to sort the table by the actual stacked columns themselves, not just a singular value. Typically, the only way I can see Excel sorting working is by sorting one value, not all the values that are stacked together. I essentially want a stacked column chart that operates by having a descending visual, so that the highest stacked bar is first, second highest is second etc.

Super User

Hi @anonymous_thr
I am still not sure that I understood your needs, so I will try to show all sorting options.
First of all, this is just 1 hierarchy of sorts, you can't combine them ( unlike the table).

If you want to sort them by "total" column is the basic :

if you need to sort by "column pieces" you need to create separate measures for every part of the legend for example :

Measure_11 = CALCULATE(SUM('Table'[value]),'Table'[subcategory]=11)
And put those measures on y-axis:

And if you want to choose which option to sort you can combine the first with the second using tooltips:

Link to sample file with all 3 versions

If this post helps, then please consider Accepting it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

Regards,
Rita Fainshtein | Microsoft MVP
Regular Visitor

Thanks for the help. In my case though, I don't have the values in legend. I have them all as separate y values as shown below. Is there a way I can sort them in this format? To be clear, I want them to be sorted the way you have it in your first sorting example, but I don't have these all distinguished in a legend.

Super User

Yes.

like on third option.

Create dax for sumiirization of all of your segments and put it on tooltip

Regards,
Rita Fainshtein | Microsoft MVP
Regular Visitor

Sorry, could you explain to me how to do that? You're saying to put all three y-values into a single y-value, but I don't really know how that works. I'm fairly new to Power BI.

Super User

In the first step create measures for your segments (instead of just dragging and dropping the columns)

for example =

Cross_Sales = sum('financials'[Cross sales])

After you have 3 measures of segments, you should summarize them with new Dax measure :
sum_segments = [Measure_11]+[Measure_12]+[Measure_13]

than on X-Axis you need to put your categories :
on Y-Axis - 3 measures of segments.
on tooltip sum_segments

Result you can sort your columns by Sum_measures or by separate segment according to your needs:
Example of sorting by segment:

Example of sorting by sum_messures:

If this post helps, then please consider Accepting it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly

Regards,
Rita Fainshtein | Microsoft MVP

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