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

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, selecting a data point in one visualization on a report page will cross-filter, cross-highlight, and drill the other visualizations on the page.

This can be useful to identify how one value in your data contributes to another. For example, selecting the Moderation segment in the doughnut chart, highlights the contribution from that segment to each column in the Total units by Month chart, and it has filtered the line chart on the right.

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See About filtering and highlighting.

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

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.

Considerations and troubleshooting

  • If your report has a visualization that supports drilling, by default, drilling one visualization has no impact on the other visualizations on the report page.
  • If you use visualA to interact with visualB, visual-level filters from visualA will be applied to visualB.

Next steps

How to use report filters