Multi-Select Slicer in Power BI

This is a very short, simple article about how to have a multi-select slicer in Power BI. Power BI slicer is in fact multi-select by default, however, there is a very small option that if you set it, makes it even easier to use, let’s talk about it. If you want to learn more about Power BI, read the Power BI book from Rookie to Rock Star.

Power BI Slicer

If you have list of items (or in drop-down mode), you will be able to select an items anytime

Single-select slicer in Power BI

The slicer above gives me the ability to select a single item at a time.

Multi-select using Ctrl + Select

If you want to select multiple items, you can easily hold the Ctrl key on the keyboard, and select as many items you want.

Multi-select slicer in Power BI using Ctrl key

A better Multi-Select experience

Multi-select using the Ctrl key is possible as you have seen in above, However, the experience for the users won’t be ideal. It would have been much better if you could multi-select without needing a Ctrl key. Fortunately there is a setting in slicer that allows you to do that function.

Go to the Format of the slicer visual, and under Selection Control, turn off the Multi-select with CTRL;

Setting for multi-select slicer in Power BI

Now, your slicer will show a check box, and without holding the Ctrl key, you can easily multi-select.

Multi-select slicer in Power BI

As you see the setting is really simple and easy to apply. The users, however, would have a far better slicer to work with than the multi-select using Ctrl key.


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Reza Rad
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Reza Rad is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 20 years’ experience in data analysis, BI, databases, programming, and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for 12 continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. Reza is an active blogger and co-founder of RADACAD. Reza is also co-founder and co-organizer of Difinity conference in New Zealand, Power BI Summit, and Data Insight Summit.
Reza is author of more than 14 books on Microsoft Business Intelligence, most of these books are published under Power BI category. Among these are books such as Power BI DAX Simplified, Pro Power BI Architecture, Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, Power Query books series, Row-Level Security in Power BI and etc.
He is an International Speaker in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Data Insight Summit, PASS Summit, SQL Saturday and SQL user groups. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Reza’s passion is to help you find the best data solution, he is Data enthusiast.
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