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Sorting a table using multiple columns

Hi All,



Is it possible to sort a table using multiple columns?


 Revenue tableRevenue table


My table looks like this and i would like to sort by "Year" first and then by "Month". Is it possible?

Advocate I
Advocate I

I see this tread is quite old, but sorting a visual by one column and then a second column is as simple as clicking the 1st column header to sort ascending or decending. Then simply hold the <Shift> key down and click on the header of the second column.
Of course you can just keep the <Shift> pressed and click on a 3rd, 4th etc until happy. 

I hope this helps. 
Steve B

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The m code you’ve mentioned solve the problem to sort on the matrix visual? Would you post an example with repeated names? Cheers!
Super User
Super User


Yes it is possible, but not from the visual side


You will have to do all the sorting based on multiple columns in the Power Query and then build you visual using the table.


If you have already built a visual, changing the sorting now might not show the proper sorting. In such case you will have to re-create the visual from scratch


Here's how the M code will look once you sort in Power Query


= Table.Sort(#"Changed Type",{{"Team", Order.Ascending}, {"Plan", Order.Descending}})

You can see from the below image that inspite of not applying sorting in the visual, due to the sorting at power Query, my data looks sorted as expected


i.e. In the Visual Team is sorted in Ascending Order and then Plan is getting sorted in descending order with in each Team.






You can sort multiple columns in a table just by holding the shif key and clicking the column  headers you want to sort.


I successfully edited M code in the query to sort how I would like, but after closing and applying the sort is not how I intended. I tried sorting the column by itself (default), but no success.




Thank you,

Hi there,


This was helpful; however, when I exit out of power query and refresh the original data does not reflect the sorted values. Any thoughts on how to change that?

Regular Visitor

Same problem... sorting ok in power query, but not in visual side...

You might need to sort by column but not into power query

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