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SQL Server FAQ - Sorting Query Output in Descending Order

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How To Sort Query Output in Descending Order?

If you want to sort a column in descending order, you can specify the DESC keyword in the ORDER BY clause. The following SELECT statement first sorts the "tag" in descending order, then sorts the "counts" in ascending order:

SELECT tag, counts, url, created 
   FROM fyi_links ORDER BY tag DESC, counts
tab     counts  url                     created
SQA     728     sqa.fyicenter.com       2007-05-19
SQA     828     www.winrunner.com       2003-01-01
DEV     120     dev.fyicenter.com       2006-04-30
DEV     439     www.php.net             2004-01-01
DBA     390     www.mysql.com           2006-01-01
DBA     960     www.oracle.com          2005-01-01
DBA     972     dba.fyicenter.com       2007-05-19

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  1. What Is a SELECT Query Statement?
  2. How To Create a Testing Table with Test Data?
  3. How To Select All Columns of All Rows from a Table with a SELECT statement?
  4. How To Select Some Specific Columns from a Table in a Query?
  5. How To Select Some Specific Rows from a Table?
  6. How To Add More Data to the Testing Table?
  7. How To Sort the Query Output with ORDER BY Clauses?
  8. Can the Query Output Be Sorted by Multiple Columns?
  9. How To Sort Query Output in Descending Order?
  10. How To Count Rows with the COUNT(*) Function?
  11. Can SELECT Statements Be Used on Views?
  12. How To Filter Out Duplications in the Returning Rows?
  13. What Are Group Functions in Query Statements?
  14. How To Use Group Functions in the SELECT Clause?
  15. Can Group Functions Be Mixed with Non-group Selection Fields?
  16. How To Divide Query Output into Multiple Groups with the GROUP BY Clause?
  17. How To Apply Filtering Criteria at Group Level with The HAVING Clause?
  18. How To Count Duplicated Values in a Column?
  19. Can Multiple Columns Be Used in GROUP BY?
  20. Can Group Functions Be Used in the ORDER BY Clause?

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