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A current limitation in Power BI SWITCH measures (and all Power Pivot actually) is that a SWITCH measure must have a single format. It is currently not possible to conditionally format the measure result based on any criteria - it is one single format only. There are valid use cases where you may want to change the format of the SWITCH measure depending on the result. Consider the following SWITCH statement
myMeasure = SUMX(MeasureTable,switch([selected measure],
1,[Total Sales],
2,[Total Cost],
3,[Total Margin],
4,[Chg Sales vs LY %]
))
The first 3 results are all currency format, but the last result is a percentage format. This currently can't be controlled. I would like to see an optional 3rd parameter in the SWITCH statement to set an alternate number format.
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Dynamic format strings are available in calculation groups and can be used to create a DAX expression to handle any format requirement for a pick a measure scenario such as this.

Documentation for dynamic format strings is available at https://docs.microsoft.com/analysis-services/tabular-models/calculation-groups?view=asallproducts-allversions#dynamic-format-strings-for-currency-conversion. And information on external tools to add calculation groups is available at https://aka.ms/externaltools.

There are multiple ways to utilize calculation groups and dynamic format strings and thank you to those who posted solutions in the chat.

Comments

M

We need this feature in financial reports! Users have to be able to switch to actual values and values in thousands.

M

In Excel, you can change the format of a y-axis on a graph or the values of a pivot table value independently of the underlying source data. So similarly to being able to adjust the Display Units and decimal places of the labels and/or axis of a given visual you should also be able to edit the format independent of the underlying measure or column. Further to address this idea, you could allow expressions on this similar to titles which would solve the problem that we are having.

This would allow the underlying measure or column to remain as a number as opposed to text and therefore it would be "graphable" and then the graph or visual axis/label formatting could handle how it is displayed in terms of the format.

Update: looks like they are solving this with calculation groups, but i still like the idea above which would be an agile option for end users.

M

myMeasure = SUMX(MeasureTable,switch([selected measure],
1,{[Total Sales], type currency},
2,{[Total Cost], type currency},
3,{[Total Margin], Percentage.Type},
4,{[Chg Sales vs LY %], Percentage.Type}
))

M

Please implement this idea. Would make our financial reporting much easier.

M

My view is that this would be solved if the FORMAT function had Left, Center and Right alignment and padding. Maybe this would be simpler?

M

Still waiting for this to be implemented, this is a bummer for people who have to create financial reports that have different measures with different data types when using slicer measures

M

Same here

M

Year after years.. Damm why Power BI Team Why.. ?

M

It is a nice thought that end-users can change the dimensions or measures that are visible in a chart on the fly.
But on fly is limited if it's not also applied to row formatting as described in this idea.
This is a huge limitation that will point end-users in a direction towards other tools that will have this abillity.

M

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