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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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Zachary Ordo on 30 Nov 2021 19:52:19

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Add me to the never-ending list of people who are wondering how Microsoft managed to miss including a setting to set the default value of a slicer to the max or min upon opening a report. My users need to see today's report by default upon opening the dashboard, not from when I happened to publish the dashboard days, weeks, or months ago. Something so basic, and so simple for you to implement, shouldn't be on a backlog when it has evidently been requested for years.

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Matt Gudites on 29 Nov 2021 14:35:35

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Being able to set a Date Slicer to "most recent date" would be a game changer. Honestly it should have been a "day one" kind of thing. Please implement this!

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Steven Kramer on 23 Nov 2021 23:05:53

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

In case this helps anyone else, we use a calendar table and created columns the evaluates the current date (in Power Query) and returns a month-year string for every value except "Prior Month", "Current Month" and "Next Month" - then we use the "StartOfMonth" column from the same calendar table to define the custom sort on this new "Relative Month" field with (usually) the "Prior Month" option saved as a single selection. We apply a descending sort on the slicer so the relative options are always on the top (usually a page filter on calendar is applied with "in the last" x "months" or x "calendar months." so we don't typically see future dates). The end user can then change their selection at will but the default will always be relative to current date. This same logic could be applied to additional relative columns for day, week, quarter, year... etc as needed - just make sure these get a custom sort column if you intend the end user to be able to change the selection.

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Shelley Ellwin on 04 Nov 2021 00:33:46

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

We hired outside consultants to write an add on program for us to achieve this. It is specifically a custom date slicer that defaults to YTD most recent month.

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Martijn Hijink on 15 Oct 2021 07:15:16

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For process data people always want to see the most recent data (yesterday or today) by default but also be able to choose a different date. This feature has been requested for years now, and still in the backlog? I have seen many attempts in this idea list that basically ask for the same, maybe you should add all the requests from those similar ideas together to see how big this demand is. Here is another vote to add this feature of selecting a default relative date/most recent date in dateslicers of the data by default.

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on 30 Sep 2021 21:38:08

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I've scoured the internet looking for a solution, and found a lot of people with the same issue. It seems so obvious, when designing a reporting tool, that you would include the option to set default dates for your slicers. How exactly did this get over-looked?

Every day people are using Power BI to make critical business decisions, and every day thousands of people make the wrong decisions because they forgot to change the slicer date.... because there's no way to change the default slicer date.

Sure... there's relative date filtering, which can be set to show "today's" data... but what if the data doesn't update every day?.... Now we have blank data on our reports.

Please.... please... please fix this basic request. Just add an option to have the slicer default to the most current date... it's not complicated.

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on 30 Sep 2021 21:38:08

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Sometimes its convinient to initalize single selection dropdown slicer with default value based on current dataset or current time. For examle, one may have a slicer setup to track year (..., 2018, 2019, 2020) and it is desired to have a selection in this filter on current year (from DAX NOW() function) upon report open.

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on 30 Sep 2021 21:37:52

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

It would be helpful if there is a setting to Default date like Month-to-date, week-to-date and etc. using Date Range or Between. Currently, we have it on Relative but, hopefully we can get it using Between as well.

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on 30 Sep 2021 21:37:52

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Want to display Default value in Slicer for example We have a column with YYYYMM format and we want to display the default value as per the Sysdate so for this month the value should be displayed as 201907 , so when user executes the report in PBI service he should see this month as default and should also have the liability to filter on previous months.

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on 30 Sep 2021 21:37:51

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Hi,

When I add slicer with date column, I'd like to set specific date(not today or first date) as default in slicer.
It's really required feature for me.

Thanks,

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