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SQL Server ORDER BY Clause T-SQL Tutorial with Examples

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The ORDER BY Clause is used to order the result set in ascending or descending order. By default, when ORDER BY clause is used the result set is ordered in the ascending order.

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ORDER BY Clause Syntax

SELECT column1, column2
	FROM schema.tablename
ORDER BY column1, column2 ASC|DESC
GO

ORDER BY ASC Example

Below query will fetch FirstName and LastName of all the records from Person’s table and order the results in ascending order. Even if you don’t specify the ASC still the result set will be retrieved in ascending order by default in SQL Server.

Use AdventureWorks2016
GO

SELECT
	  FirstName
	, LastName 
FROM Person.Person
	Order by FirstName ASC
GO
ORDER BY ASC Example in SQL Server

ORDER BY DESC Example

Below query will fetch FirstName and LastName of all the records from Person’s table and order the results in descending order.

Use AdventureWorks2016
GO

SELECT
	  FirstName
	, LastName 
FROM Person.Person
	Order by LastName DESC
GO
ORDER BY DESC Example in SQL Server

ORDER BY Multiple Column Example

The data is sorted in descending order and the data is sorted by FirstName and LastName. It means it is first ORDERED by FirstName and if some records has same FirstName then it is order by LastName. 

You can see in the snippet below that rows 4 to 15 has same First Name which is Aaron and therefore the records from 4 to 15 are sorted by LastName in the descending order as specified in the query.

Use AdventureWorks2016
GO

SELECT
	  FirstName
	, LastName 
FROM Person.Person
	Order by FirstName, LastName DESC
GO
ORDER BY Multiple Column Example in SQL Server

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Ashish Mehta

Ashish Mehta

Ashish Kumar Mehta is a database manager, trainer and technical author. He has more than a decade of IT experience in database administration, performance tuning, database development and technical training on Microsoft SQL Server from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2014. Ashish has authored more than 325 technical articles on SQL Server across leading SQL Server technology portals. Over the last few years, he has also developed and delivered many successful projects in database infrastructure; data warehouse and business intelligence; database migration; and upgrade projects for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Cognizant and Centrica PLC, UK. He holds an engineering degree in computer science and industry standard certifications from Microsoft including MCITP Database Administrator 2005/2008, MCDBA SQL Server 2000 and MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

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