How visuals cross-filter each other in a Power BI report

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One of the great features of Power BI is the way all visuals on a report page are interconnected. If you select a data point on one of the visuals, all the other visuals on the page that contain that data change, based on that selection.

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By default, visualizations on a report page can be used to cross-filter, cross-highlight, and drill the other visualizations on the page. For example, selecting a state on a map visualization may highlight the column chart and filter the line chart to display only data that applies to that one state.

See About filtering and highlighting. And if you have a visualization that supports drilling, by default, drilling one visualization has no impact on the other visualizations on the report page.

Exactly how the visuals on a page interact is set by the report designer. Designers have options to turn visual interactions on and off, and to change the default cross-filtering, cross-highlighting, and drilling behavior. Note that if you use visual A to visually interact with visual B, visual-level filters from visual A will be applied to visual B.


The terms cross-filter and cross-highlight are used to distinguish the behavior described here from what happens when you use the Filters pane to filter and highlight visualizations.

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