Sort & filter BigQuery data in Google Sheets

You can sort and filter billions of rows of BigQuery data in Google Sheets so it's easier to work with.

Important: To access BigQuery data in Google Sheets, you need access to BigQuery. Learn how to get started with BigQuery.

Sort & filter the preview tab

Sort your data

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that is connected to BigQuery data. Learn how to connect to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Choose whether you would like that column sorted in ascending or descending order. This sorts both text and numbers.
  4. Click Ok.
  5. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.
Remove the sort
  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that is connected to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column that is sorted, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Click the sort that is highlighted. 
  4. Click Ok.
  5. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.

Add a filter by condition

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that's connected to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Under “Filter by condition,” click the Drop-down Down arrow and choose your condition. 
  4. Click Ok.
  5. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.
Remove a filter by condition
  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that is connected to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column that is sorted, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Under “Filter by condition,” click the Drop-down Down arrow and choose None
  4. Click Ok.
  5. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.

Add a filter by value

  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that’s connected to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Under “Filter by value,” click Add filter
    • Tip: BigQuery grabs the top 500 values, which may take a few seconds.
  4. When the values and their frequencies load in the sidebar, check the values that you want to use.
  5. Click Ok.
  6. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.
Remove a filter by value
  1. On your computer, open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets that is connected to BigQuery data.
  2. At the top of a column that is sorted, click Filter Filter list.
  3. Under “Filter by value,” click the Drop-down menu and choose None
  4. Click Ok.
  5. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply.

Sort & filter your pivot table, extract, & chart

Sort your pivot table, extract, & chart

Use extracts & charts
  1. To open the right side panel, click the object. 
  2. Under “Chart Editor,” click Setup.
  3. Under “Sort,” click Add.
  4. Select the value you want to sort. 
  5. To change the order, next to the value you want to sort, click Right arrow Z or Z Right arrow A.
  6. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply or Refresh.
Tip: To remove sorted conditions, in the right side panel, click Setup. Under “Sort” click Remove Remove from outline.
Use pivot tables
  1. To open the right side panel, click on your pivot table. 
  2. Under “Chart Editor,” click Setup.
  3. Under “Row,” select the options you want under “Order” and “Sort by.”
  4. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply or Refresh.
Tip: You can change the options you chose under “Order” and “Sort by.”

Filter your pivot table, extract, & chart

Add a filter by condition
  1. To open the right side panel, click on your pivot table, extract, or chart. 
  2. Under “Chart Editor,” click Setup.
  3. Under “Filter,” click Add.
  4. Next to “Showing all items,” click the Drop-down Down arrow
  5. Under “Filter by condition,” select the condition.
  6. Click OK. 
  7. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply or Refresh.
Tip: To remove current filters, in the right side panel, under “Filters” click Remove Remove from outline.
Add a filter by value
  1. To open the right side panel, click on your pivot table, extract, or chart. 
  2. Under “Chart Editor”, click Setup.
  3. Under “Filter,” click Add.
  4. Next to “Showing all items," click the Drop-down Down arrow.
  5. Under “Filter by value,” click Add Filter.
  6. Select values to filter. 
  7. Click Ok or Apply.
  8. At the bottom left of the sheet, click Apply or Refresh.
Tip: To remove current filters, in the right side panel, under “Filters” click Remove Remove from outline.
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