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How To Sort the Query Output with ORDER BY Clauses?

If you want the returning rows to be sorted, you can specify a sorting expression in the ORDER BY clause. The simplest sort expression is column name who's values will be sorted by. The following select statement returns rows sorted by the values in the "counts" column:

SELECT * FROM fyi_links ORDER BY counts
id   url                notes  counts  created     tag
101  dev.fyicenter.com  NULL   120     2006-04-30  DEV
104  www.mysql.com             390     2006-01-01  DBA
106  www.php.net               439     2004-01-01  DEV
103  sqa.fyicenter.com  NULL   728     2007-05-19  SQA
107  www.winrunner.com         828     2003-01-01  SQA
105  www.oracle.com            960     2005-01-01  DBA
102  dba.fyicenter.com  NULL   972     2007-05-19  DBA

The output is sorted by the values of the "counts" column.

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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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