cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
smpereira
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?

8 REPLIES 8
mr-dang Community Champion
Community Champion

Re: sort with distinct

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
@8bitclassroom
TerjeF Advocate III
Advocate III

Re: sort with distinct

I tried a lot, and come to this:

Sort(Distinct(Source,Column),Result)

bean Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

Re: sort with distinct

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))

 

Thanks!

EdHansberry Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Re: sort with distinct

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.

Super User
Super User

Re: sort with distinct

@EdHansberry 

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

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerapps/maker/canvas-apps/functions/function-distinct

 

 

Screenshot:

 

Untitled.png

 

---
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."

EdHansberry Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Re: sort with distinct

Thank you! I was looking in the SORT documentation. 

Highlighted
Super User
Super User

Re: sort with distinct

@EdHansberry 

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."  

 

 

dnorena
New Member

Re: sort with distinct

For me the way that works is:

Distinct(Sort(Filter('Source';true).Column;Column;Ascending);Column)

Helpful resources

Announcements
MBAS Gallery 2020

MBAS Gallery 2020

Watch Microsoft Business Applications Summit sessions on-demand.

firstImage

New Ranks and Rank Icons released on April 21!

The time has come: We are finally able to share more details on the brand-new ranks coming to the Power Apps Community!

Top Solution Authors
Top Kudoed Authors
Users online (6,661)