Sort/Reorder Rows or Columns - Make One Row Appear After Another

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This rule makes one row in a table appear after another. Note that in general the best way to re-order rows is by dragging and dropping.



Technical details

  • This script still applies after the rows have been sorted, overriding any prior sorting.
  • This Rule is not compatible with tables with row spans.

How to apply this rule

For the first time in a project

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Start typing the name of the Rule into the Search features and data box in the top right of the Q window.
  • Click on the Rule when it appears in the QScripts and Rules section of the search results.


  • Select Automate > Browse Online Library.
  • Choose this rule from the list.

Additional applications of the rule

  • Select a table or chart that has the rule and any table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to apply the rule to.
  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to apply.
  • Click on the Apply drop-down and choose your desired option.
  • Check New items to have it automatically applied to new items that you create. Use Edit > Project Options > Save as Template to create a new project template that automatically uses this rule.

Removing the rule

  • Select the table(s)/chart(s) that you wish to remove the rule from.
  • Press the Rules tab (bottom-right corner).
  • Press Apply next to the rule you wish to remove and choose the appropriate option.

How to modify the rule

  • Click on the Rules tab (bottom-left of the table/chart).
  • Select the rule that you wish to modify.
  • Click Edit Rule and make the desired changes. Alternatively, you can use the JavaScript below to make your own rule (see Customizing Rules).


You can find a simpler version of this code, which does not contain the controls, here.

includeWeb('Table JavaScript Utility Functions');

let row_labels = table.rowLabels;
if (row_labels.length < 2)
    form.ruleNotApplicable('table has only one row');
if (table.rowSpans.length > 0)
    form.ruleNotApplicable('table has row spans');

// Set up controls for user input.
const rule_name = 'Making One Row Appear After Another';
let label_1 = form.newLabel('Make');
let label_2 = form.newLabel('appear after');
let combo_box_row_1 = form.newComboBox('row1', row_labels);
let description = form.newLabel('Choose one column in a table to appear after another.');
description.lineBreakAfter = true;
form.setInputControls([description, label_1, combo_box_row_1, label_2]);
let row_1_label = combo_box_row_1.requireValue();
let index_1 = table.rowIndex(row_1_label);
let row_labels_reduced = row_labels;
row_labels_reduced.splice(index_1, 1);
let combo_box_row_2 = form.newComboBox('row2', row_labels_reduced);
form.setInputControls([label_1, combo_box_row_1, label_2, combo_box_row_2]);
let row_2_label = combo_box_row_2.requireValue();
let index_2 = table.rowIndex(row_2_label);
form.setSummary('Make row "' + row_1_label + '" appear after row "' + row_2_label + '"');

// Move the rows
moveRowAfterComplete(index_1, index_2);

See also