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Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

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Jacek Power BI User on 03 Mar 2015 07:53:52

Allow a user to set the default value for a slicer or tile-by value on a page/dashboard, so that when the Power View page is opened for the first time, the default value is selected.
eg. If the page has a slicer for Year or Month, allow the user to configure the most recent Year or Month to be selected by default.

Administrator on 20 Oct 2022 22:52:37

Update 10/20/2022 - Update from Mo - we are working on this in the new year

Thanks for everyone's votes and comments. This is a feature on our backlog; however we cannot share a timeline at the moment.

It looks like many of the requests will be addressed by the new 'Sticky filters' capability. Now when you log out of Power BI and come back to a report, the same items will be selected as when you left. For those who're looking to have a 'last month' selection, the relative date slicer might help. Those with comments about currencies where having multiple selected makes the report meaningless - the report will load with whatever selection the author saved, so if you save it with one currency selected your users will see that by default. If there are scenarios that these features don't address, please let us know in your comments - if you are really specific it'll help us build the feature to work just the way you want! Thanks again!
 

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Tom Saunders on 18 Feb 2022 14:05:53

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

It would also be good to have this default selection available for calculation group items.I have a use case where we have energy customers with gas and power profiles where volumes are measured in kWh in both cases, or MW for power and Tpd (Therms per day) for gas. We have slicers for both the profile type and volume unit (both single select only).The 3 different volume units are in a calculation group and we would like kWh to be the default, so when a customer toggles between Power and Gas in the profile type slicer, the calculation group slicer always reverts the selection to kWh.Currently if a user has Gas and Tpd selected, for instance, and then toggles to power, the volume unit stays as Tpd despite the fact power cannot be measured in Tpd. The user has to remember to then also toggle the volume unit. This can be confusing for new users and can't think of any other workaround, so please may you consider this when developing this feature.

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Cameron Hicks on 13 Feb 2022 23:00:54

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In date slicer we should be able to set a default date dynamically, e.g today, yesterday

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James Tanajewski on 04 Feb 2022 21:59:58

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

How can PBI not have default slicer value attribute. All too often we need to set reports to current month/year. Why is an issue and not available?

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Jonathan Weekes on 15 Jan 2022 00:31:56

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So much productivity is lost working around this issue. I do not see how sticky filters will do much to address this issue. If it is to default to the most recent date, e.g., Today or between the oldest date to the most recent date, how will sticky filters help this? The work around to create a calculated column with Today for the current date and the formatted date for all other dates and use this calculated column in the slicer works for defaulting a dropdown/list slicer (other than having to add a card visual to show what Today is)...at least it works in the report. Try exporting "Data with current layout". The filter information at the bottom of the report indicates, "Applied filters:As of Date is 'Today'". Not very helpful when referring to the spreadsheet in the future.The calculated column workaround does not work when using a between slicer when you want to default it to the oldest to the most recent date. If someone has a workaround for this, I would love to hear about it.

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Mitch Alves on 14 Jan 2022 18:06:06

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

This should have been out of the box... This feature was amazing in SSRS, why didn't they bring it to PBI is mind boggling...

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Laurence S on 08 Jan 2022 02:03:47

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I am trying to get the most recent 13 calendar months to default in a slicer. For example, if today is 1/7/2022, I would like to default the slicers from 1/1/2021 - 1/7/2022. For many businesses, it is important to see the current month as well as the same month prior year. Is this something MS can add? It's easy to create a dax calendar that has this date range, but there is no option to create a default slicer.

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Pat Littleton on 28 Dec 2021 19:19:27

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I have many reports featuring a date slicer with both a start and end date. An example would be an order history report; the report loads and the user wants to view order data between Date A and Date B. As of now, the Slicer loads with whatever dates were selected the last time I published the report--meaning the date is further in the past with each passing day. Ideally, we want the report to load with today's date selected for both Date A and Date B. That way they can simply set Date A to however far back they need (1 day, 1 week, 1 month, etc.).

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Pat Littleton on 14 Dec 2021 17:20:48

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It blows my mind this was not a stock feature on day 1 of Power BI.

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Laurence S on 11 Dec 2021 18:29:05

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

This is the most critical feature for me that Power BI is missing. Especially for a date range slicer, I need to be able to default to a specific date range that changes each month (i.e. I want to show the last 13 calendar months inclusive of the current month). For example, if today is 12/11/2021, I want the between slicer to show 12/1/2020 - 12/10/2021. But I also want users to be able to select any date range they want. In general, there must be a way to dynamically set all filters on factors that change (such as the date).

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Y S. on 11 Dec 2021 17:30:32

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I can't believe that this feature is still not available. With every new update of Power BI, a bunch of not-so-needed/who-cares-about-this features are being introduced, together with a few bugs, but not the very basic and important ones like this one!

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