TOPNSKIP DAX Function (Table manipulation)

Retrieves a number of rows from a table efficiently, skipping a number of rows. Compared to TOPN, the TOPNSKIP function is less flexible, but much faster.


TOPNSKIP ( <Rows>, <Skip>, <Table> [, <OrderBy_Expression> [, [<Order>] [, <OrderBy_Expression> [, [<Order>] [, … ] ] ] ] ] )
Parameter Attributes Description

Number of rows to return


Number of rows to skip


Table expression made by physical columns of the data model that are not grouping the cardinality of the original table they belong to.

Row Context

Expression used to define the sort order of the result

Order Optional

It can be ASC or 1 or TRUE to consider the OrderByExpression in an ascending order.
It can be DESC or 0 or FALSE to consider the OrderByExpression in a descending order.
If omitted, the default is descending (DESC).

Return values

Table An entire table or a table with one or more columns.

The table returned is not sorted, it is just filtered according to the required parameters.
The sort order of the result depends on the ORDER BY condition of EVALUATE.


If Skip is not 0, the Table expression must reference physical columns with lineage and does not support a filter context coming from context transition.

If there is a tie, in OrderBy_Expression values, at the N-th row of the table, then all tied rows are returned. Then, when there are ties at the N-th row the function might return more than n rows.

If N_Value is 0 (zero) then TOPN returns an empty table.

TOPNSKIP does not guarantee any sort order for the results.

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Last update: Dec 28, 2020   » Contribute   » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

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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.


This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.


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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