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Power BI is the best Microsoft BI tool for analyzing the business of many companies across the globe. This Power BI offers different kinds of features for analyzing the business as per the user needs across the globe. One of those powerful features is Power BI Slicer.  After listening to the word slicer many people though that it is nothing but Filter. And if you assume the same, then you are wrong. This is Power BI Slicer and Filter are not the same. It has some differences. Do want to know how Power BI Slicer is different from Power BI filter, read this article till the end and know the difference.

But prior to knowing that difference, let us initially know

What is Power BI Slicer?

Power BI is the canvas Visual filter available in the Power BI Desktop. These slicers play a major role in chart comparison.  Usually, these slicers act as an alternative solution in filtering the narrow portion of the datasets. Moreover, these datasets act as a representation in the form of other visualizations. It is a powerful and smart way to filter out the data.

Today analysts can create these slicers easily in SQL Server Reporting Services(SSRS). This is because, in Slicers, you can use the prompt to filter collections. Likewise in Power BI, we can use Slicers to easily back and forth between the collections. Moreover, slicers can use many features to configure it. All it depends on your requirements.  These Slicers are often in Power BI Reports. These slicers provide a dynamic element. With this, the end-users can take advantage of exploring the data.

And these slicers can appear as sliders, drop-down, checkbox, buttons, (or) even the custom image. We people can display this either horizontally (or) vertically. Moreover, the slicer in the number of selection available in different sizes. i.e. the slicers may be available in small as well as large. And all these can be seen within the share point environment. Usually, different reports require different kinds of quantities as well as slicers.  The default behavior of slicer in Power BI is that it shows the result of OR  in case of multiple selections.


             For instance,  if you have the slicer for the product color,  which contains the red and blue the resultant will the complete red records (or) the complete blue records. But you can see the records which contain both the red as well as the blue records.

(Note: Don’t expect the cell that contains both the red as well as the blue cell).

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Moreover, these slicers were classified into the following types as shown below

How Slicers were classified?

a) Relative Date Slicer:

Usually, the data is the most important element during the time of business analysis. Moreover, it helps in forecast identification. And also gives an idea regarding the revenue generation in the upcoming years. And these date slicers were internally classified into the 4 further types. They are

a)Between: In Date slicer, between provides the range of value between the Start and End date

b) Before: In this type of Date slicer, the start date gets automatically grades out. i.e it generates the report before the end date

c)After: In this selection of the Date Slicer pane, the end date becomes fixed. Hence we can get the results after the start date

d)List: As the name indicates, it provides the list of all date ranges. Hence,  we can select the dates according to the results.

2) Numeric Range Slicer:

 This slicer is mainly used to apply all kinds of filter sorts to any numeric column in the data model. Moreover, it provides an effective way to filter the data between the numbers.

3) Sync slicers:

Filters were capable of impacting the single visual apply across all the visuals of the page (or) affect the entire report. On contrast, Sync slicers provide the report design the option of selectively applying the filters on the individual pages. Moreover, it provides a high level that falls somewhere between the page levels as well as the report level filters.

I hope you people have got the basic idea regarding the types of Slicers. So without wasting much time, let’s move to

How to create the new slicer to filter data?

people can create the new slicer by following the below simple steps:

a)In Power BI Service (or) desktop navigates and open the Retail Analysis Sample

b)Select the slicer icon present in the visualization pane to create the new slicer.

c)Now Select District – > DM from fields pane to populate the slicer.

d)And finally, the new slicer is created with the list of names, containing the selection boxes before them.

e) Drag and resize the elements present of the canvas to create the slicer room.

Since we were aware of Power BI slicer creation, we will now move on to the Power BI Slicer formatting.

How to format the power BI Slicer?

1)To Format your slicer, select the format icon. This icon displays the various formatting options.

2) And if it the case of consuming less space, the slicer from the initial state needs to convert to the dropdown. In the example data shown below, the option select has been added and the second slice has formatted with different colors, font sizes and finally allows the single selection.Power BI slicer | OnlineITGuru

Power BI Slicer Limitation:

Even power BI Slicer plays a major role in Data analysis, this tool has some limitations. Those were discussed below

a) These slicers does not support the visual level filters

b) It is incapable of supporting input fields

c)Cannot support Dropdown

d)Cannot pinned to the dashboard.

But these power BI Slicers suit best in filtering a small portion of the data sets. And these slicers plays a major in representing the data in the form of charts (or) graphs. Moreover, we can represent the power BI desktop more effectively using this slicer through the different effects To be say in a sweet and short manner, these are simple and powerful. Hence, it all depends on the user to it wisely as per the requirement.

How Slicers were different from Filters?

 Power BI Slicers are visual and can enjoy the same freedom of movement as other filters whereas the visual filters don’t.  Moreover, Slicers all the flexibility of placing the slicers anywhere in the slicer pane. Moreover, it allows the users to add those reports in a unique location. Usually, the filter pane is fixed to the right side of the report canvas. And there are many options to the position slicers around the report canvas. On the other hand, there is no such restriction to place canvas and you can place it anywhere of the report canvas. Besides which filter have different appearances like basic as well as the advanced layout. But the slicers have their own unique appearances. For instance, some people may prefer the slicer button styling with horizontal orientation, drop- menu and so on.

So I hope you people have a brief idea regarding the power BI Slicers and how it is different from the Power BI Filters. And you people can get more real-time training from our live industry experts at Power BI Training.

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