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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 44 – Attribute Slicer)

In this module you will learn how to use the Attribute Slicer Power BI Custom Visual.  Using the Attribute Slicer you have the ability to filter your entire report while also being able to visibly see a measure value associated with each attribute.

Module 44 – Attribute Slicer


Key Takeaways

  • Lets you filter a dataset on a selected set of values.
  • Selecting these values places them in the applied filters list.
  • The Attribute Slicer can be viewed either vertically or horizontally.


This Attribute Slicer displays the frequency that certain words are used in the English language.

  • Under the Format paintbrush there are several customizations available for the Attribute Slicer.
  • Using the General section you can adjust the text size or turn on/off the option section at the top of the Attribute Slicer. Turning this off means you will no longer be able to search for values or see the applied filter values.


  • In the Display section you can change how much space the bars on the chart are taking up. You can also change the orientation of the visual to be vertical (default) or horizontal here.


  • The Selection section allows you to do things like make the slicer only able to accept a single value section instead of the default of multi-select. You can also turn on Brush Mode, which allows you to drag and select multiple values at once on the slicer. Finally the Use Token option allows you to turn off just the applied filter section of the visual.


In addition to these properties you have a set of settings that appears on every visual to adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio.

Find Out More

You will always be able to find this video module and advanced viewing of future modules on the Pragmatic Works On Demand Training platform.  Click here to learn more about this training platform that includes 30+ courses.

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Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).


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