ORDER BY DAX Statement

The ORDER BY keyword is part of the EVALUATE statement and defines the sort order of the result produced by EVALUATE.
It can include only columns that are part of EVALUATE or expressions that can be computed in the row context of the result.
Every column can be sorted in an ascending (ASC) or descending (DESC) way. The default is ASC.

    'Product'[Brand] ASC,
    'Product'[Color] DESC

The ORDER BY keyword can be also used to identify the sort order of an axis in a visual shape for visual calculations.
Find more in Introducing VISUAL SHAPE for visual calculations in Power BI.
The following example shows an example of a visual shape definition in a DAX query.

    TABLE '__DS0VisualCalcs' = __DS0VisualCalcsInput
        AXIS ROWS
            GROUP [Brand]
                TOTAL [IsGrandTotalRowTotal]
                TOTAL [IsDM1Total]
            GROUP [Color]
                TOTAL [IsDM3Total]
            ORDER BY
                [Brand] ASC,
                [Category_Code] ASC,
                [Category] ASC,
                [Color] ASC
            GROUP [Year]
                TOTAL [IsGrandTotalColumnTotal]
                TOTAL [IsDM6Total]
            ORDER BY
                [Year] ASC,
                [Month_Number] ASC,
                [Month] ASC
        DENSIFY "IsDensifiedRow"

Last update: Mar 8, 2024   » Contribute   » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo, Daniil Maslyuk

Microsoft documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dax/orderby-statement-dax

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Context Transition

This function performs a Context Transition if called in a Row Context. Click to read more.

Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.


Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.


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This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.


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