Sort Order Ignores Calculated Members

Published: 15 Dec 2017
Last Modified Date: 16 Dec 2017


When connected to a MSAS data source and selecting a calculated member in a filter, then data is sorted by unfiltered values.


  • Tableau Desktop 
  • Tableau Server
  • Microsoft SQL Analysis Services (MSAS)


For Tableau Desktop:

Option 1: Use the feature flag from the command prompt

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator. 
  2. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau <version>\bin
  3. Run tableau.exe -DEnableMDXCalcSliceFiltering

Option 2: Create a shortcut with the flag enabled

  1. Right-click the alias and select Properties.
  2. Go to the Shortcut tab.
  3. Add the feature flag at the end of the Target field, after the double quotes, as follows:

    "C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau 10.4\bin\tableau.exe" -DEnableMDXCalcSliceFiltering

  4. Click OK.

For Tableau Server:
On the computer running Tableau Server, open a command prompt as an administrator. 
Navigate to the Tableau Server bin folder and run the following commands: tabadmin stop 
tabadmin set vizqlserver.EnableMDXCalcSliceFiltering true 
tabadmin config 
tabadmin start 

Note: To disable this feature flag on Tableau Server, use the following command: tabadmin set vizqlserver.EnableMDXCalcSliceFiltering -d


Currently the sort order of rows in the view is the same as the automatic grand total. By design calculated members are not included in the grand total.
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