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Drill-down should drill or cross-filter other visualizations on the page

I have a report page with multiple charts and visualizations. Let's say one of the chart shows Sales by Year and I drill down into 2013 to see the sales by month in 2013. Currently, the drill-down has no effect on the other charts and visualizations on the page; they still show data for all years, not just for 2013. Instead, I'd like other charts to drill down into 2013 or filter by 2013 as well.

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    Riccardo Muti shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Well this is exciting!

    We’ve just shipped the December release of Power BI Desktop, and I’m very pleased to say we’ve added the ability to apply filters from a visual when you drill into it. This is now the default for any new visuals; you can turn it on for existing visuals (or disable it if you don’t want it) through the Format tab. Look for “Drilling filters other visuals”.

    Hope you like it!


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      • Yogesh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Will, thanks for the comment. I do have an issue with the feature "Drilling filters other visuals".
        I have a bar chart with 2 levels of drilling.
        When I click on the top level, all other visuals & KPI's get filtered, that's OK.
        However, when I click on any 2nd level item in the bar chart now, nothing happens to other visuals & KPI's.
        Grateful if you could please advise on the above at your earliest convenience.
        Thanks in advance!

      • Cherie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If I have a matrix and I want to select multiple rows to drill down on simultaneously to the next level how do I do that with this feature? As an example: Filter by 3 out of ten items on the first level and then move to the next level (which is filtered to only results pertaining to the 3 items chosen on the first level) to chose from and then select a few rows out of many from the next level and move to the next level from there and it should show a filtered view of the data from the choices from each level of the matrix for all the visuals on the page.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's not really working as expected.
        Lets say I have 3 levels of time grains (1 day, 1 hour, 15 minutes).

        Drilling down in one of the charts, from 1-day to 1-hour --> does apply the time filter, but not making the actual "Drill down" on other charts...

        The other charts end up having one data point because the filter filters data from a single hour, but presents it in 1 day time grain.

      • David Hammond commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Will, love the focus in this area. I agree with Anish - a really key enhancement to this functionality would be: If you have other visuals on the report that share the same axis, it would be a great user experience if you could enable drill up/down simultaneously.

      • AdminWill Thompson (Product Manager, Power BI, Microsoft Power BI) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        For everyone asking for cross-highlight/filter on multiple visuals:

        For those asking for the 2nd visual to drill-down as well, yes we can consider that. Please add another idea :)

        @Jim, Power BI Report Server has a specific build of Desktop that releases on a slower cadence. This feature will make it into the next release (~Spring 2018).


      • Jim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey Will I got your December update. I can make the functionality work but can't upload to my reporting server. I get an error. Which version of report server is this compatible with ? any?

      • nagendra kcp commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        - I have a report with say 4 visuals
        - I click on say a bar within Chart 1(drill down chart) -> All the visuals filter accordingly
        - I then click on a column in Chart 2 -> All visuals filter based on the selection in Chart 1 and Chart 2 (currently chart 1 filter goes away at this point)

        do we have any other alternative to full fill above requirement .

      • Pierre van de Moosdijk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


        Thanks for the update, but i am completely missing the cross-filtering functionality if you select more than one visual. I do not want to drill down, but filter on the selection of another visual(s). These should be combined, just like slicers work.

        Still a Major gap if you look at the other bi competitors

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The drill down works as expected, pushing the filter to other visuals. However, cross-filtering be selecting elements in two or more visuals is critical without drilling down.

      • Henrik Hougaard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I second Anish comment · December 12, 2017 09:10 Exactly the same i had hoped for. Hopefully it will come in a future update :-)

      • BD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Congratulations, this is a good progress step.
        But I believe this is not exactly the complete need that was expressed initially. Drill-down is one way to navigate between visuals on a same page. But what about cross-filtering visuals by multi-selecting different elements on different visuals, without drilling down?
        Not to name it, this is still a major gap with one of PowerBI main competitor on the market...

      • Anish commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        well, thanks for getting it done quickly, but it is not what I expected. For our case, we needed the other visuals on the page, to drill down simultaneously along with the visual where drill down happens. We have 2 visuals on the page, showing Geo, Area, Sales region hierarchy for total sales value, and another with Profit margin. The problem is, if I drill into APJ on the Sales value visual, profit margin visual, will just be filtered for APJ, not drill down to Area. I dont like it, as it does not serve the intended purpose.

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