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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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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 22:37:18

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

The preselected slicer value would also drastically reduce DB usage when a power BI report is connected to DB via DirectQuery. Currently we have a situation when user goes to report page and whole data is accessed before user select the dates he wan't to look at the date. This inceases the DB load by over 10x since normally user is interested on specific date data (not whole year...)

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Nick D Martin on 05 Jul 2020 22:35:55

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

On a multi-tab report, this is an issue that can really get in the way of a user's flow. I receive emails all the time that a page is displaying the wrong metrics; when in actuality, the user has not updated their slicer to reflect the most current month when they switched tabs. If a user does not have a pleasant experience, there is less of a chance of them using your report.

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Chris Brawley on 05 Jul 2020 22:33:30

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

This feature is important for viewing large data sets. Our example is that for a Region Sales Manager, he wants to look at store by store performance. Seeing all sellers at all stores is not useful. We want to default the chart to show all sellers at the first store (alphabetically) in his region so that the bar chart with sales performance information only shows 10-15 bars instead of hundreds which is not useful and is very visually unappealing

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Riyan on 05 Jul 2020 22:30:50

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I agree,
this feature will very useful.

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phillip786 on 05 Jul 2020 22:29:24

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Yes this is needed in the case where you have data that if not filtered doesn't present useable data

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Aaron Shumaker on 05 Jul 2020 22:26:29

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Another reason to have a default selection and not allow "All" for a slicer is sometimes we have reports that are reporting on a very detailed level that you would want to force the user to slice to avoid overly large queries.

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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 22:25:42

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I currently assessing Power BI as an alternative to an interactive excel worksheet but not having this option has limited the applications usefulness.

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Wenchi Wang on 05 Jul 2020 22:22:06

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

yes, please allow to set default value for the slicer. It would be nice to have a calendar visual as a date slicer.

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Power BI User on 05 Jul 2020 22:21:59

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

Also, slicer needs ability to enforce single selection only. Currently users can still ctrl+click and select multiple items.

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Michael on 05 Jul 2020 22:21:51

RE: Default Selected Slicer or Tile-By Value Configuration

I agree on the importance. This should be done anytime somebody develops a filter tool. Extremely important.

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