Changing How Visualizations Interact In Power BI

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In Power BI, visualizations can interact with each other based on user selections. For example, let’s say we have 2 visualizations on a Power BI report, Sales by Account and Sales by Name:

If a user selects a name on the right, it will filter the account on the left, as a user belongs to an account. Selecting Darren Parker filters the account to Woodgrove Bank:

Now let’s say we didn’t want this to happen. To change this behavior, click on the visual and select the Format menu, then Edit Interactions:

At this point, you will see new options appear above the Sales by Account visualization:

These options are (from left to right):

  • Filter
  • Highlight
  • None

Let’s try each of these. First, filter:

After selecting this option, click on Darren Parker again. This time Sales by Account is completely filtered to Woodgrove Bank:

Now back to Edit Interactions, let’s select Highlight:

This will highlight the relevant record, which we saw as the default behavior:

And finally, set it to None:

Here, Darren Parker is selected but the Sales By Account is unaffected:

This is useful if you do not want certain visualizations to interact with each other.

A useful Power BI feature to further refine your reports.


Carl de Souza is a developer and architect focusing on Microsoft Dynamics 365, BI, Web, Cloud and Data Science.

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