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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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Ryan on 05 Jul 2020 23:25:33

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I just need the most recent date selected on refresh. It looks like...yes I can probably create a work around using measures and a second filter. But that option is lengthy and just confuses users. Please just make this a simple option.

Also, no - relative filters aren't appealing to my users.

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Dennis Yost on 05 Jul 2020 23:25:30

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

We need a slicer that can be adjusted to the logged-in person. We are deploying power BI to many customers each with different default requirements. What is available for one customers may not be a selection for another. There is no one selection that meets all customer requirements. Need to default to at least one valid selection for the customer coming into the power bi workbook. "All" is not an option since the data set is two large and also cause an error.

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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 23:24:40

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Admin you are missing the point , i think what most of us want here (at least what i want) is to have a filter prompt before data is displayed on a page. I need the filter to require a selection before any data can be displayed on that page. I hope you understand

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James on 05 Jul 2020 23:24:23

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

There's a few really important fundamental features that Power BI is missing and this is one of them. Seriously, this should be a no-brainer. Like everyone else has said, just implement what the SSRS team has already spent years refining to get right. Failing that, please see Tableau for how this can be done nicely.

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Sharan Wicks on 05 Jul 2020 23:24:23

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Hi Will - one of the scenarios is where you want the default to be set to a value of a measure. In my case, we have a custom calendar and, for most of the reports we need to default to the end of last period (which is a measure). Ideally I want a Before date slicer where I can set the end date to default to the value of this measure. The user should be able to select another date if they choose but I want the default to be in place.

I can't use the relative filter since my calendar is custom (4-4-5) so I'm using multiple measures to establish these relative periods. I'm experimenting with creating a new column which will hold the date of "EndofLastPeriod" however, so far, this doesn't allow me to use my measures to create the column so I can't use this as a slicer. I have my doubts whether it would work as any text would make the field not a Date type and therefore I couldn't use the slicer as needed.

Hopefully this will give you a scenario that would suit a default filter :)

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Greg on 05 Jul 2020 23:24:16

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

We're deploying this report to dozens of customers who'll each have different values in the drop-down in question. Since the items will be different, I can't hardcode anything.

Instead, I'd like the default selected values in the pull down to be dictated by another field in that table (I'm currently passing in a RANK () value from SQL). If this other field has certain characteristics (<= 5 for example), initiate the report with those items selected in the drop down and no others. My Sankey chart is too noisey otherwise.

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Cristina Vega Ríos on 05 Jul 2020 23:24:04

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Hello,

in my case it is necessary a time slicer that shows all the data of the historical table, but that select only the last week. In this way, users can expand and move around different dates of the history even if the last temporary information is displayed.

Thank you.

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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 23:23:54

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

While relative slicer might help in some scenario, but in case where the slicer is show years, I would like to have the slicer to default to current year (2018), while the user can still select other year(s). This is a quite common scenarios that asked by many enterprise users.

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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 23:23:20

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Needed! Please add to next release.

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Alessandro Alpi (MVP) on 05 Jul 2020 23:22:59

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Please add this one. It's a very very important feature, really.

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