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tomwwagstaffRIT
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Sort chart x axis

Hi everyone,

 

This seems an extremely basic problem, but I can't sort a graph by its x-axis alphabetically. Here is a reproducible example:

 

Take this dummy data:

LetterNumber
A1
B2
C3

 

I use this to create a simple bar chart in Power BI desktop. I cannot sort the x-axis ascending by letter - I can have it descending, or I can sort either way by number (i.e. I can sort on the values rather than the axis variable).

 

power_bi_cant_sort.PNG

Anyone know why I'm getting this behaviour?

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danextian
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 Hi @tomwwagstaffRIT,

 

Based on your screenshot, Sort by Category has already been activated. Just click again on Z-A icon. It should change to A-Z once the sort order has been changed to ascending.










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Anonymous
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Hi people anyone know how i can have the x axis appearing as in the screenshot please?

Matt82_0-1640100396689.png

 

Anonymous
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Hi @Anonymous 

> Select a column or line visual. On the X axis drag drop a date field (Data type should be "Date").  On the axis option, select "Date Hierarchy" and get rid of Quarter and Day. Also click on the drill down to "At lowest level of Data". Your visual should look something like below: 

adnanzakir_1-1640127541241.png

 

> go to "Format your visual" > X axis > and turn OFF "Concatenate Labels": 

adnanzakir_2-1640127785475.png

 

This should do the trick. 

 

Hi,

In the same column chart, is there a way to sort the columns by decreasing value? so for example, within 2016, we will see the column with the highest value left. Thanks

Anonymous
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Hi 

 

Thank you for your help. The below is how mine is appearing. Any idea how i can get this similar to yours? I have followed the instructions you have sent but it was difficult for me to see the images clearly due to the resolution. 

 

Matt82_1-1640168421406.png

 

Anonymous
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Hey @Anonymous 

You're almost there, the only step left is go to "Format the visual" > Go to X Axis > Go to Concatenate labels and turn it off 

adnanzakir_0-1640212845100.png

That should do the trick. 

Please accept the answer as solution if this works. Cheers. 

Anonymous
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awesome, thanks-I was missing the conctaenate labels part 🙂

Anonymous
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Hi,

 

Thank you so much for you help. I am almost there. The below is how mine is appearing 

 

Matt82_0-1640168315935.png

 

Anonymous
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Hi

 

One way to solve the problem is to add a another column to the data table with ranking numbers (the way you want to sort it).

Then in the graph, add that column to the Tooltips field on the right bar. Then click on the three dots --> sort by --> choose the column --> check that it's A to Z.

 

Hope that helps 🙂

Anonymous
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Hi ,

 

But the problem with Tooltips is it does the sort for us. But when you are pointing in the bar the tooltips appers when you hover over the values in your chart. It shouldn't happens right? how do i disable that tooltip in not showing to the end user, he don't want to know that we sorted by some xyz, when he hovers over the bar in our chart.

Anonymous
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The key point is that you have to click on the elipsis in the upper right. Took me a while.

BRO YOU ARE A LIFE SAVER !!! YOU HELPED ME GET THIS ISSUE DONE BIG TIME

oslo3452
New Member

I am facing a similar problem but with months. I want to sort months from Jan - Dec but looks like it can only sort alphabettically (ascending or descending)

monthly report.PNG

Anonymous
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Hello, could you solve it?

Anonymous
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Hi Oslo. Not sure if you've got the answer to this. But did you try changing the format of the Months in the Data tab? 

By the looks of it, the months have been categorized as "text" in Data Type. Changing it to appropiate Date format should help. 

danextian
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 Hi @tomwwagstaffRIT,

 

Based on your screenshot, Sort by Category has already been activated. Just click again on Z-A icon. It should change to A-Z once the sort order has been changed to ascending.










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Hi @danextian,

 

Well that worked! I swear I had clicked that icon repeatedly before with no effect - but it switches sort order now. Thanks for your time and attention on such a silly problem!

 

Cheers,

Tom

The same thing happened to me.  Later did I realize that I didn't click the sort I con at  all, just the category to sort the chart by.










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