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SortByColumns delegation warning

In my inventory app i have several ways of filtering my gallery list:

  • Three dropdowns
  • Two toggle buttons


To make this possible, I use If sentences to decide what is shown in my gallery depending on all these inputs.

I have 10+ ways of filtering the list. Each code looks something like this:

inputFilterStatus.Selected.Result = "All" && inputFilterCategory.Selected.Result = "All" && inputFilterDepartment.Selected.Result = "All" && !varToggle1  && !varToggle2 && !SpecialFunction && !SpecialFunction2,
    inputFilterSearch.Text, "searchcolumn1","searchcolumn2"),
    Location = myPlant),
    varSortOn,If(SortDescending1, Descending, Ascending)),

I have a delegation warning on the varSortOn, which is the sorting variable.
I need the user to be able to change what they want to sort the list by.

I have read old threads here and searched online, but did not find the solution.

Have tried If / Switch sentence where the varSortOn is now.


Any suggestion on how to be able to choose a custom sort column and remove the delegation warning?
Each If sentence (10+) has varSortOn at the moment.

Super User
Super User


Your formula appears to be incomplete!


However, for the section you do show, SortByColumns is not delegable when you use a variable column name.

Also, Search is not that is the base of the issue.


You can use the following to work around both the Search and SortByColumn delegation warning.

With({_items: Filter(Equipment, Location = myPlant)},

            inputFilterSearch.Text, "searchcolumn1","searchcolumn2"
        If(SortDescending1, Descending, Ascending)


I hope this is helpful for you.

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Thanks for the response!
Tried your code, but it still gives me two blue lines under varSortOn with the message:

Delegation warning. The "SortByColumns" part of this formula might not work correctly on large data sets.

Any suggestions? 🙂 


I am using Dataverse as DataSource. So the search function does not give me delegation warning, only the "sort variable".

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