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Pre-Filtering Power BI Slicers

Matt Allington takes us through a new feature in Power BI:

Now back to the point of this post.  As of June 2019, it is possible to pre-filter slicers as well.  It may seem weird, but this previously wasn’t possible – it seemed weird to me, anyway.  This is now fixed and it is possible to use the side filter pane in the same way as other visuals.  I can think of quite a few useful scenarios, including:
– Hiding the dreaded (Blank) in a slicer.  [Actually, please don’t do that, but instead fix your data model].
– Filtering out items not relevant (eg category managers may only want to see their own products)
– Hiding items with no sales

Read on for a few examples of how to use this.