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Custom order for legend in stacked bar chart

I should be able to order the "legend" and the values for each legend category in a stacked bar chart. This is similar to "series order" feature in Excel

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      • Charles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This would be handy. There are workarounds, like creating measures for each segment and adding them individually to the chart. But that is just plain ugly.

      • Ray commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Need to easily sort stacks by values inside a column while maintaining order specified on X axis.

      • Lars Johannes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Should be a priority if Power BI really wants to be an option for dashboarding or any application people have to share with management or an audience outside of data crunchers.

      • Rob Oesch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        While we wait for this feature, has anyone figured a workaround? Other than changing the labels of course.

      • J commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes orely needed i have three criteria labelled W, W- and W+ the W needs to be in the middle!

      • Stuart Charles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Come on Power BI team - this is very basic missing functionality!

        We need to be able to stack Revenue in a given week, but we want the recognised revenue at the bottom and forecast at the top.

      • BG commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Having a legend order matching the stacked bars value is a charting 101 issue. It has been Excel for decades. Please add this basic feature ASAP.


      • ML commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        why isn't this a thing yet? incredibly frustrating to have to come up with work-arounds for something so basic!

      • Zac Tolfrey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        I also agree that this future is needed. The legend on a particular visual of mine is displaying the days of the week and due to the legend automatically ordering alphabetically, the days of the week are in the wrong order!

      • sosi commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        i found something, there are 3 dots in the top right corner of the chart, here you can change the order of the bars.

      • Moose commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate it's been over a year and MSFT still doesn't have a custom sort feature?

      • Jade Doherty commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @N1c0l3 - thanks your workaround solution did the trick - but yes agree this should be a standard feature to allow custom sorting

      • N1c0l3 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Quick workaround: since it's sorted alphabetically, rename the data to have some number of spaces before it. "__legend1" "_legend2" "legend3" will sort as desired. Legend displayed at top of page strips preceding spaces, but the desired sort is achieved!

      • Liz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Does anyone have a quick workaround for this? Custom sort is a feature that is absolutely needed.

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