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 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 nine 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.
His articles on different aspects of technologies, especially on MS BI, can be found on his blog:
He wrote some books on MS SQL BI and also is writing some others, He was also an active member on online technical forums such as MSDN and Experts-Exchange, and was a moderator of MSDN SQL Server forums, and is an MCP, MCSE, and MCITP of BI. He is the leader of the New Zealand Business Intelligence users group. He is also the author of very popular book Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, which is free with more than 1700 pages of content and the Power BI Pro Architecture published by Apress.
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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