Refine a sort in Access 2007

I have a report that first must be grouped by user. That works
Then I would like to sort by Store Number. That works
Where I get into trouble is I would like to sort by open and closed stores -closed at the bottom of the list- and then by store number
The  closed part works fine. the open part the store number are jumbled up.  The open stores just do not say closed. See attached
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
The issue may be the way "Open" store are designated...

What is the criteria for "Open" stores
Perhaps some are blank, Null, or Zero length strings, ...hence the confusion

Typically you would not have the "Field" being the "Value"
For example, ...In your database you have a Field called "Closed"

In reality, you should have a field called "StoreStatus" that stores the status as Yes/No, or a string value of "Open" or "Closed".

Then you can group by the "StoreStatus", field, ...then all the Yes/No (Or Open/Closed) will be grouped and sorted properly.

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Or, ...I may have misread your question...?

My guess is that you should first Group by the User, then Sort By "Open,Closed", ...Then, finally, sort by Store number...
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
To keep his simple, ...
You could just post a small sample database with some representative data.
Then post a clear , graphical representation of the exact output you need, ...based on the sample data.

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
If this is what you need:
Then see the attached sample db.
So, even if your "Open/Closed" designation is different from what I suggested, should still be able to see what I have done here and replicate it with your data.

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Serena2345Author Commented:
i did think at one point that the null value might be the culprit. I will implement your suggestions and let you know. Thanks for taking the time.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
In my above case, could also "group" by the StoreStatus, to keep all the Open and closed separate.
Then finally sort by Store number.
More sample fun is attached.

So as you can see, this all becomes easy if you change the way you designate Open and Closed stores.

Serena2345Author Commented:
I did as you suggested. I grouped first on user- then  grouped on open/closed -then sorted by store number. It worked!!!!! Thanks again for you help and interest
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

I had to re-read your Q a few times, ...then I think I figured out what you wanted.

One thing that helps is to set the "Sorting" first (before setting any "grouping")

This way, you get things in the correct Order.
Then you can substitute Grouping for Sorting (to get a break between each group for summaries.)
Groupings are automatically sorted, so there may not be a need to sort by a grouped field.
But you can still sort "under" the grouping.

Once you do it a few times, will get the hang of it.


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