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SQL ORDER BY Keyword


ORDER BY

The ORDER BY command is used to sort the result set in ascending or descending order.

The ORDER BY command sorts the result set in ascending order by default. To sort the records in descending order, use the DESC keyword.

The following SQL statement selects all the columns from the "Customers" table, sorted by the "CustomerName" column:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
ORDER BY CustomerName;
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ASC

The ASC command is used to sort the data returned in ascending order.

The following SQL statement selects all the columns from the "Customers" table, sorted by the "CustomerName" column:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
ORDER BY CustomerName ASC;
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DESC

The DESC command is used to sort the data returned in descending order.

The following SQL statement selects all the columns from the "Customers" table, sorted descending by the "CustomerName" column:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
ORDER BY CustomerName DESC;
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