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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 46 – Table Sorter)

In this module you will learn how to use the Table Sorter Power BI Custom Visual.  The Table Sorter allows you to rapidly re-sort and rank values by within a table.

Module 46 – Table Sorter


Key Takeaways

  • Column in the table can show a rank value, attributes and measures.
  • Lets you build stacked table columns to explore combinations and weighting.
  • Column headers can show the distribution of values in a Histogram.


This Table Sorter shows a rank of NFL offenses by various metrics.

  • Under the Format paintbrush there are several customizations available for the Table Sorter.
  • Under the Presentation section you have several properties you can adjust.  Let’s highlight a few:
    • Units and Precision have to do with the formatting of the values in the table.
    • Turning on the Stacked property adjust any Stacked Columns you’ve created to stack the values together.
    • Using the Values displays labels on every value in the table.
    • The Histogram property is turned on by default. Turning this off removes the Histograms in the column headers.
    • Using the Animation property can either turn on or off the interaction you see in the table as you select values to resort by. When turned off the re-sorting occurs without the smooth transition
    • Table tooltips are a nice feature you will see as you hover above values the table.


  • In the Selection section you can make the Table Sorter multi selectable by turning on the Multi Select feature.


In addition to these properties you have a set of settings that appears on every visual to adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio.

Find Out More

You will always be able to find this video module and advanced viewing of future modules on the Pragmatic Works On Demand Training platform.  Click here to learn more about this training platform that includes 30+ courses.

Catch up on all the Power BI Custom Visuals blog posts here.

Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).


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