Hi Everyone! This blog post is about using Power BI filters in Power BI Desktop. There are two main ways in Power BI to filter data in reports: one way is through Power BI slicers and the other is with Power BI filters. Power BI filters help you to refine data at the visual, report and page level. In today’s post, I talk about page level filters, but later on, I will briefly tell you about the other filter types.

Page Level Power BI Filters

I was working on a computer monitor Power BI dashboard in Enhansoft Reporting. On the home page, in the top left corner, a donut chart (visual) displayed all of the years and a count of the number of monitors manufactured for each specific year. I wanted the data to start from the year 2000, so the task at hand was to only show monitors manufactured between a range of years, 2000 to the present.

Power BI Filters - Computer Monitor Details

As I mentioned before, there are many ways Power BI lets you refine data, but for this particular task, I decided to use the page level filters. Why? I wanted all of the visuals, on this specific page, to use the same date range.

Power BI Filters - Count of Monitors by Manufactured Year

Once I filter the Year data at the page level, I am assured that each donut chart displays its details from the same date range. By the way, all of the visuals on this page are interactive.

Power BI Filters - Filters - Fields

Power BI offers user-friendly filters located on the right-hand side of the canvas under the Visualizations pane. In this example, there is a column in the dataset table with just the manufactured year information. Depending on your needs, you could instead have a data column with the year/month/day or date and time information, etc.

I start by dragging the Year column from the Fields pane to the Page level filters box under the Visualizations pane, as shown above.

Power BI Filters - Page Level Filters

Next, I click on the down arrow next to the x mark in the Page level filters box. Doing so, displays a drop-down list of all the filtering options under that section.

Power BI Filters - Images 1 - 2 - 3

Once the column is in Page level filters, and you clicked on the down arrow, by default, Power BI displays Basic filtering (see image 1).

Click on the down arrow next to it for another drop-down menu (see image 2).

I chose Advanced filtering, and you can see in image 3 that the filter options changed to advanced options.

Power BI Filters - Images 4 - 5

Next, I chose to display data which is greater than or equal to year 2000 (see image 4).

Once the selection was made, I clicked on Apply filter (see image 5).

Note: You can leave the details in the “And Or” section blank (see image 5 between 2000 and Apply filter) if there is no other information to filter, similar to what I did in this example.

Power BI Filters - Updated Donut Chart

After clicking on Apply filter, the visual automatically adjusts to the changes you made. You can see in the image above that my donut chart now only displays information from the year 2000 and later (in fact it starts with 2003). The other visuals on the page also adjust once the new filter rule goes into effect.

Similarly, you can use these filters to refine any kind of data while building reports.

Different Level Power BI Filters

Here’s a brief note about the different types of Power BI filters. As you can see, there is something for just about every instance you may need.

· Page Level Filters: Any data filtered under this section is applied to all the visuals on a page.

· Report Level Filters: Data filtered under this section is applied to all the visuals across all the pages in the report.

· Visual Level Filters: Data filtered under this section is applied to a specific visual on a page.

Conclusion

Power BI filters configure data precisely (and easily) at any given level (page, report or visual). This gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to refining information. Hope you guys find this info useful. What filtering ideas have you come up with for your reports? If you have any questions regarding Power BI filters or slicers, feel free to reach out to me on my Twitter page.

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