Change result display options

Your search results, or Answers, have various display options. You can change the visualization used to display your results, their sort order, how ThoughtSpot groups the data, and what data ThoughtSpot includes.

Change the view

You can change the view of your Answer so it appears as either a table or a chart. To change the view of your Answer:

  1. View your Answer.

  2. Toggle between either a table or a chart type. Select table or chart

When you display your data as a chart, ThoughtSpot automatically selects the type of chart that works best for your data. If you want to use another type, click the Change visualization icon Chart type change icon image and select the type of chart you want. Refer to understand charts.

Sorting your search allows you to order your Answer, making it easier to read. To sort your search:

  • If you are in the data (table) view, select the column header you would like to sort on.

    By default, sorting applies in descending order. For example, if the column has numerical values, it would start at the highest number and decrease. Select the column header again to sort in ascending order.

    Hold shift and select another column to add a secondary sort. You can even add tertiary sorting and so on by continuing to use this trick.
  • If you are in the chart view, click the axis label of your chart that you would like to sort and select Sort. You can choose to sort in ascending or descending order.

Hidden sort

You can also sort by a measure that you do not want to include in the chart. For example, if you search for cost store name sort by gross profit margin, you can move gross profit margin to the Not visualized section from the Edit chart Chart configuration icon image panel. ThoughtSpot sorts the chart by gross profit margin, but gross profit margin does not appear in the chart. This is also known as a hidden sort.

Hidden sort example
You cannot perform a hidden sort on an attribute or date column.

Custom sort

You can sort on specified attributes in a chart, using custom sort.

  1. Go to the custom sort field and sort in ascending or descending order.

  2. Click Edit chart configuration

  3. Click Status.

  4. Under Sort order, select either Alphanumeric or Custom sort.

Change the date bucketing (grouping)

You can change the date bucketing on tables and charts for columns with date values. Bucketing is a method for grouping a column in your data. To bucket your data in a table view, select the More icon Chart configuration icon image that appears when you hover over a column name on a table.

You can specify date bucketing at many granularities, from detailed (to the minute or second) to yearly, depending on your data. You can also specify bucketing based on the position of a bucket relative to another, larger bucket. For example, you can group data by month of quarter, or week of month.

Choose a date bucket on a table

To bucket your data in a chart view, open the dropdown icon Dropdown icon image that appears when you hover near the axis labels on a chart.

Choose a date bucket on a chart

ThoughtSpot chooses a default date bucket for you when you search. This default takes the entire search result into account. For example, if your search includes last month, dates are bucketed daily instead of monthly.

Previously, when adding multiple date keywords to a Search, ThoughtSpot accepted the last entered date keyword as the bucket. For example, if you searched for revenue monthly yearly, ThoughtSpot would interpret monthly as month of year, rather than using the monthly bucket. This meant you would see results like the following:

Month of year order date Yearly order date Total revenue



102.4 Million



104.4 Million

Now, when you add multiple date keywords to a Search, ThoughtSpot preserves the date bucketing implied by the first date keyword. If you search for revenue monthly yearly, you see the results using the monthly date bucketing, and the results look like the following:

Monthly order date Yearly order date Total revenue

Jan 1992


102.4 Million

Feb 1992


104.4 Million

If you would like to change the date bucketing to be month of year instead, you can do so by hovering over the Monthly order date column title, clicking the more options icon ellipsis icon, and selecting Time Bucket > Month > Month of Year.

Exclude and include row values

You can include or exclude row values from your Answer.

To exclude or include row values:

  1. Right-click the visualization or table cell of interest.

  2. Select Exclude "value" or Only Include "value" if available.

    Exclude or include a value

Undo, redo, and reset buttons

As you work with searches and Answers, you may want to undo or redo an action. Use the in-product undo, redo, and reset buttons to reset or go back or forward 1 step each time you make a change in a search, saved Answer, or Liveboard visualization (for example, when you add a new column to the search, drill down, or sort). These buttons appear to the right of the search bar in a search or saved Answer. Note that the reset button is only available for saved Answers; it resets the Answer to its last saved state.


If you do not have the new Answer experience on, you can use the browser back button. The browser back button is not as precise, and does not work on saved Answers.

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