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Anonymous
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Sorting Month-Year which is stored as Text

Hello. I have a table which has a Month-Year column and stored as Text (e.g. May-22). When I use it as the x-axis in my PBI visual, it is sorted alphabetically, so I see the order as: Apr-21, Apr-22, Feb-21, Feb-22, Jan-21, Jan-22, etc.

What's the easiest way to get this sorted and appearing correctly (chronologically) on the x-axis in the visual?
Thanks.

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themistoklis
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Hello @Anonymous 

 

Create a new column which will be in the following format YYYYMM (e.g. 202201) and the type will be integer.

Sort the dataset by this column

 

Then select the Month-Year column which is stored as Text from table fields, go to Home Tab --> Column Tools --> Sort by Column and select the newly created column which is integer YYYYMM

 

This will hopefully do the trick 

 

link below:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/create-reports/desktop-sort-by-column?tabs=powerbi-desktop

 

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themistoklis
Community Champion
Community Champion

Hello @Anonymous 

 

Create a new column which will be in the following format YYYYMM (e.g. 202201) and the type will be integer.

Sort the dataset by this column

 

Then select the Month-Year column which is stored as Text from table fields, go to Home Tab --> Column Tools --> Sort by Column and select the newly created column which is integer YYYYMM

 

This will hopefully do the trick 

 

link below:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/create-reports/desktop-sort-by-column?tabs=powerbi-desktop

 

Anonymous
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Thanks! That worked!

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