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How to Customize Sync Slicers in Power BI

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In this blog post, we’ll explore how to customize your Sync Slicers in Power BI for finer control over slicer behaviors. We’ll walk through various settings and demonstrate their impact on slicers across different report pages. Let’s dive in!

What Are Sync Slicers?

Sync Slicers in Power BI allow you to transfer selections from one slicer on a page to another slicer on a different page. This feature enhances the user experience by ensuring that slicer selections remain consistent across multiple report pages.

Basic Setup of Sync Slicers in Power BI 

Let’s start with a basic setup. Imagine you have a report with two pages:

  1. Page 1: Contains a slicer for category names.
  2. Page 2: Contains a similar slicer but not yet linked to the first one.

When you select a category on Page 1, it filters the visuals accordingly. However, the same selection does not reflect on Page 2 unless you sync the slicers.

To sync the slicers, follow these steps:

  1. Copy the slicer visual from Page 1.
  2. Paste it onto Page 2.
  3. A prompt will appear asking if you want to sync the slicers. Click “Sync.”

Now, any selection made on one page will automatically reflect on the other.

Sync Slicers in Power BI

Advanced Sync Slicer Settings

Power BI provides advanced controls for slicer syncing. To access these settings, go to the “View” panel and select “Sync Slicers.” Here, you can see the pages and slicers available for syncing. The main options include:

  1. Sync: Enables or disables syncing of slicer selections between pages.
  2. Visibility: Controls whether the slicer is visible on specific pages. Hidden slicers still apply their filters even if they are not visible.
  3. Sync with All Pages: Adds the slicer to all pages, ensuring consistent filtering across the entire report.

Advanced Sync Slicer Settings

Group Names and Field Changes

Sync Slicers automatically create group names to manage syncing. Slicers within the same group will sync together. You can change group names to customize which slicers sync with each other.

Additionally, you can decide whether field changes in one slicer should apply to all synced slicers. For instance, if you change the field from “Category” to “Product” on one slicer, this change will reflect on all synced slicers if the option is enabled.

Group Names and Field Changes

Filter Changes

Another useful feature is syncing filter changes. When you apply a filter to a slicer (e.g., limiting selections to “Beverages”), this filter can sync across all slicers. Disabling this option will prevent filters from syncing, allowing for more customized filtering on individual pages.

Conclusion

Customizing Sync Slicers in Power BI enhances report interactivity and user experience by ensuring consistent filtering across multiple pages. By utilizing advanced settings, you can tailor slicer behaviors to meet specific needs.

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