Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
New Member

sort with distinct

Is it possible to combine in one function DISTINCT and SORT? And how can it be possible to create a Collection using distinct?

Community Champion
Community Champion

You would have to nest it. 


The Items property of a gallery or dropdown would look like:

Sort(Distinct(datasource,column to find distinct records), column for sorting, ascending/descending)


You would collect what you want and the formula above would sort it after the fact.


That said, with the April 29 update to PowerApps, your datasource may not load entirely if you use both of those functions together since they have worked in "delegation."

Microsoft Employee
Advocate III
Advocate III

I tried a lot, and come to this:


Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

Sort(Distinct(Source,Column),Result) - Worked good for me. I additionally added the if statement  to switch the order.


Sort(Distinct(Source,Column),Result,If(SortDescending1, Ascending,Descending))



Where is the documentation for this? I cannot find how I should have known "Result" would just allow it to sort the column I performed the Distinct() operation on. It would not work with the column name. Required "Result" to be there.


I found it in the 3rd sentence of the Distinct function documentation highlighted in bold  😋  In my opinion though it should just be in a column called value like everything else.  Why can't life be simple?


Link to Distinct function documentation







Please click "Accept as Solution" if my post answered your question so that others may find it more quickly. If you found this post helpful consider giving it a "Thumbs Up."

Thank you! I was looking in the SORT documentation. 


Ahhhhhh. That's why.  I understand now.  I think there's a few other functions that behave this way.  Split and Concatenate are two examples.  I can't recall if there's any others at this moment.


Please click "Accept as Solution" if my post answered your question so that others may find it more quickly. If you found this post helpful consider giving it a "Thumbs Up."  



New Member

For me the way that works is:


Helpful resources

PA_User Group Leader_768x460.jpg

Manage your user group events

Check out the News & Announcements to learn more.


Power Apps Community Call

Please join us on Wednesday, October 20th, at 8a PDT. Come and learn from our amazing speakers!

Community Connections 768x460.jpg

Community & How To Videos

Check out the new Power Platform Community Connections gallery!

Welcome Super Users.jpg

Super User Season 2

Congratulations, the new Super User Season 2 for 2021 has started!

Carousel 2021 Release Wave 2 Plan 768x460.jpg

2021 Release Wave 2 Plan

Power Platform release plan for the 2021 release wave 2 describes all new features releasing from October 2021 through March 2022.

Top Solution Authors
Users online (2,218)