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Sorting a Treemap by Something Other Than Size


Published: 07 Mar 2017
Last Modified Date: 08 Mar 2017

Issue

Unable to sort results in tree map displayed by other criteria than size.

Environment

Tableau Desktop

Resolution

If the view needs to be sorted by a field that is not on Size on the marks card, then another visualization type may be better suited.

For example: 
  • A heat map can convey the same information using Color instead of Size.
  • However, heat maps are more flexible in how they can be sorted.

Cause

The treemap visualization type is defined as displaying hierarchical data from the largest branch tiling down smaller and smaller rectangles that represent sub-branches. Therefore, treemaps are always sorted by size.
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