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## Re-ordering the x-axis values - "Sort By" not working

I have a chart where the x-axis values are showing as:
0-3 months, 10-12 months, 4-6 months, 7-9 months (see picture below)
and i want them to be in ascending order. i am sorting by "months open" and have it selected by "Sort Ascending"

This is the grouping i have for the months and this is what is being sorted:

Not sure why the "10-12" months group shows between 0-3 and 4-6, and I've searched other forum posts to try their solutions but nothing is working for me.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

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Community Champion

Make a calculated column that specifies the group, then put that group on the X-axis.  You should be able to put the extra space that will help with sorting.

Group =

SWITCH( TRUE(), Age <= 3, " 0-3 Months", Age > 3 && Age <= 6, " 4-6 Months", ...

Alternatively to the extra space, you calculate the group in a column and also create a dimension table with the same groups.  Put a field on the new table that indicates the sort order, and you can use the "Sort by Column" functionality (on the Modeling tab) to indicate the order of the groups.  Something like

Group   Sort Order

0-3 Months   1

4-6 Months   2

etc

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Community Champion

Make a calculated column that specifies the group, then put that group on the X-axis.  You should be able to put the extra space that will help with sorting.

Group =

SWITCH( TRUE(), Age <= 3, " 0-3 Months", Age > 3 && Age <= 6, " 4-6 Months", ...

Alternatively to the extra space, you calculate the group in a column and also create a dimension table with the same groups.  Put a field on the new table that indicates the sort order, and you can use the "Sort by Column" functionality (on the Modeling tab) to indicate the order of the groups.  Something like

Group   Sort Order

0-3 Months   1

4-6 Months   2

etc

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your post helped me figure out the solution, which i found in this post.

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

the solution was posted by @v-haibl-msft so thank you both for helping me figure this out!

see correct order below:

thanks again!

Community Champion

All of your group names are text strings - they are no longer treated as numbers.

You can put a space character at the beginning of your group names that contain numbers less than 10, and then they should sort correctly (space comes alphabetically before 0).

Hope this helps

David

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Just tried adding a space @ the beginning of the group names (0-3, 4-6, 7-9) and the space character wasn't saved in the grouping name.

so instead of (space)0-3 it was just 0-3.

Community Champion

Apologies - I didn't test it, I just assumed you would be able to do it (you can do it in the source data, but not in the groups).  You may need to look at calculating groups in a way different from the built-in group functionality in PowerBI (calculated column, etc).

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