Tableau Sort

Tableau sort is the process of arranging or ordering the data in Ascending Order or Descending Order. One Tableau sort example, when we are showing products by region report, it would be helpful and practical, if we show the products in any manner.

In this article, we will show you How to perform sorting in Tableau reports with examples. For this Tableau sort demo, we are going to use the report we created in our previous article.

Tableau Sort Method

There are multiple ways to perform sorting in Tableau. From the below screenshot, you can observe that when you hover over the Sales Amount, a tiny little button will display near to that. You can use this button in Tableau to sort the Sales Amount data Ascending or Descending order. For now, we selected the Ascending Order.

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Once you click on that button, Color (group) data will be sorted by its sales amount in Ascending Order. Visit Data Labels in Reports to understand the Tableau Data Source.

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Tableau Sort Method 2

The second method, Click the Sort button in the Tableau toolbar. As you can see, when you hover on the button, it will show the tooltip saying that, it’s going to order the data by Color (group) in Ascending by SalesAmount

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Once you click on the button, Color (group) data will be ordered by its sales amount in Ascending.

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For the Descending order, Click the next sort button in the Tableau toolbar. From the below screenshot you can observe that when you hover on it, it shows the tooltip saying that, it’s going to sort the data by Color (group) in descending by its sales amount

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Once you click on the button Color (group) data will order by its sales amount in Descending as shown below

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Method 3

Select and Right Click on the Dimension, on which you want to perform the Tableau sort. Please select the Sort.. option from the context menu

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Once you click on the option, a new window will open to configure the Tableau sorting options. By default, data will be in the order we specified in the data source. But we can change using the options specified in this section

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If you select the Sort by Field, we have to choose the field name from the drop-down list. Remember if you are viewing Sales amount data in a report, you should select the same field here otherwise, the results may look strange

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If you choose the Tableau Sort by option Manual, we can manually change the order using Up and down buttons

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For now, we selected the option as Field and selected Sales Amount in descending.

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Once you click the OK button, Color (group) data will order by its sales amount in Descending.

Chart in Descending Order 12

Until now, it looks easy to implement it. Because we are performing sort operations on Color (group), which is lying inside the English Country Region Name. Let’s see what will happen if we perform on the Country column. Select and Right Click on the English Country Region name Dimension and select the Sort.. option from the context menu

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Here also, we have chosen the option as Field and selected Sales Amount in descending order

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Once you click the OK button, you may be surprised by the outcome. If you observe the below screenshot, the Country ordered by its sales amount in Descending. But you can’t identify it. If you look closely, the United States is in the first place, and the united kingdom is in 3rd place.

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To understand Tableau sorting better, let’s remove the color (group) from the Columns cards, and see the result.

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