Nested Sort Icons Not Working on Some Visualizations

Published: 29 Oct 2018
Last Modified Date: 30 Jul 2020


When using the nested sort icon on a single mark pane view, the nested sort does not work.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Online
  • Tableau Server


The following options can be used to work around the issue:

Option 1

Click on the column header and select either the Sort Ascending or Sort Descending icon in the ubertip.

Option 2

Right-click on the dimension to be sorted and then select Sort. In the sort dialog box, specify which dimension/measure to sort by.


The ability to sort individual columns with one mark (single mark pane) via sort icon is not currently built into the product.

Additional Information

  • A total sort can be applied via toolbar sort buttons when the viz has one mark per pane. 
  • In Tableau 2018.2 and newer versions, clicking on a sort icon that appears above a column header creates a nested sort.
  • This type of sort is also the default when using the axis sort icon to sort each individual column.

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