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Matrix/Table grand totals with Measures

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on 16 Jul 2018 15:59:57

It would be great if Grand Totals on a Matrix or Table would add up correctly to the sum of the rows when you include MEASURES in the visual. Currently the total on a measure consists of the measure function itself, instead of the sum of the rows above. PLEASE give us the option to toggle totals to be a simple aggregate of the rows above also.

Jeroen ter Heerdt (administrator) on 24 Oct 2022 18:59:09

Moving this idea to "under review" to mark that discussions are underway. For full transparency, we have started working on DAX calculations at the visual level. That feature will make changes that will serve as building blocks for other features, including but not limited to the one discussed in this idea: providing more flexibility for influencing what is shown on the total: the visual total, the "DAX" total, or another expression altogether.

Hence, the delivery of this Idea will be dependent on the DAX-calculations-on-a-visual feature.

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CH Tsai on 05 Jul 2020 23:51:43

RE: Matrix/Table grand totals with Measures

it's too misleading, now not sure if I need to go back verify every detail in a very complicated model

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Lori on 05 Jul 2020 23:51:28

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I'd like to have better control over how the total row calculates each column in a table. For examples, sometimes I might want the value to be "Don't Summarize" for each row but I want the "Total" row to have the sum of all values. Right now, if set to "Don't Summarize", it doesn't show any total. Similarly, I'd like to be able to set how I want a measure aggregated in the "Total" column. Right now, it seems to use the same functions used in the measure for the total calculation which isn't always what I want. Here's an example use-case: https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Change-the-way-total-of-column-is-displayed/m-p/718776 Someone gave me a complicated way to achieve what I want but it seems like it should be so much simpler than this!

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Phoenix3195 on 05 Jul 2020 23:50:52

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As well as the ability to turn off an aggregation at a particular level. Like if I want a sum at a certain group level, but at the Grand Total level, the aggregation is meaningless/confusing.

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Harish kumar on 05 Jul 2020 23:33:47

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Measure isn't giving total correctly(out of expectation)

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sharathp on 05 Jul 2020 23:30:17

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We need this so bad. we have so many tabular reports and they can easily have 20 to 30 columns. When you have so many columns it's hard to track Sub totals in Matrix.

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Andrei on 05 Jul 2020 23:26:44

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Bad idea... completely misses the core principles of DAX.

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Bruce Chamberlin on 05 Jul 2020 23:21:17

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I agree this is very frustrating and not what I was expecting as the default for totals in a matrix

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Power BI Ideas Admin on 05 Jul 2020 23:20:52

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I agree, very frustrating that in the matrix when using measures they don't add up correctly on row totals or columns totals and not to mentioned grand totals... I cannot imagine a scenario were this outcome would be correct...it reduces the value of a great tool...

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Peter Ivers on 05 Jul 2020 23:19:21

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I don't think this is an error. A good example of this is distinct counts. If you have rows per store, and the metric is distinct counts of customers visiting, when you total the distinct will apply to the total. So if a customer went to 2 stores, you would see 1+1 in the rows, but in the total it would show as 1 which is correct. So you need to either change to an absolute count, or break apart the total into a different visual to make it clear its a different metric (customers in the organization).

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James Snape on 05 Jul 2020 23:19:21

RE: Matrix/Table grand totals with Measures

I can't believe you can't do this, surely this should be a critical feature

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