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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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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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Marcius Marques on 05 Jul 2020 23:22:57

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

It seems to me that what most people are looking for here in this thread is to replicate the 'Default Value' of parameters that exists on SSRS reports, so they are loaded every time report is open. For example, when the requirement is to load data from 'last 7 days' daily, but also enter a date range if needed.

Persistent filters does not address the requirement as the user would have to change the dates daily.

Relative date slicer is closer, you can have the 'last 7 days' by default, but then you cannot enter a date range.

I can only think of 2 additional options on 'Date Range' Format section of 'Slicer' for 'Default Start Date' and 'Default End Date' where expressions can be used for maximum flexibility. Again, just like SSRS already has and works really well.

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Mike Hardy on 05 Jul 2020 23:22:38

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

We have a slicer that loads a custom set of attributes during each refresh. We simply need to select the first item in the list because a selection of 'All' doesn't make sense in this case.

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Ranit on 05 Jul 2020 23:22:03

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Hi,
I'm creating Multy language reports for power bi embedded. I created field: LangId, that according to its id, the display is changing for the chozen language.
I also have many slicers that their display is changed accordind to the LangId choise. I need that the Slicer default will be dynamic according to the filter LangId. The dynamic option is necessary.
Hoping you will give any solution soon .

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