Power BI Blog: Button Slicers

back to this week’s edition of the Power BI blog series.  This week, we review a new visual: Button


Microsoft has just added the Button
slicer, an oft-requested tool for slicing data, to its data visualisation

Compared to past slicers, there are
quite a few upgrades and enhancements in the new Button slicer:

  • you may now
    customise the shape and appearance of your design with more control to modify
    the corner radius
  • with an
    adjustable grid layout, you may now divide your design into rows and columns,
    and even use pixels to customise card spacing
  • when grid
    layouts have more buttons than rows and columns, use overflow styles, and
    choose Pagination or Continuous scrolling with vertical or horizontal direction
  • just like
    the new card visual, the Button slicer simplifies alignment and format
    properties, and the Label feature will spotlight crucial information from
    within your buttons
  • image
    control allows you to infuse buttons with images such as URL images
  • interactive
    states make designs more engaging with options including on hover and on press
  • there are new
    formatting settings to make the slicer more versatile
  • ‘Single
    select’ has been updated with a ‘Force Selection’ toggle and a new ‘Select All’
  • the new
    multi-select feature allows greater flexibility
  • a new ToolTips
    experience is available for the new Button slicer, as it now supports both
    default and report page ToolTips.

With this update, the new Button slicer
may be found in one of three places:

  1. the Visual gallery
    on the Ribbon
  2. by selecting ‘Build
    a visual’ after right-clicking on the canvas, and then choosing the new slicer
  3. by selecting new
    slicer from the on-object dialog.

Presently, this visual is in
Preview.  You may also toggle this
feature Preview on or off by looking under Options -> Preview features
-> New button slicer


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