Create small multiples in Power BI

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Small multiples, or trellising, splits a visual into multiple versions of itself. The versions are presented side by side, with data divided across these versions by a chosen dimension. For example, a small multiple could split a “sales by product” column chart across countries or customer segments.

Screenshot showing a stacked column chart for sales by product split into small multiples by country.

Create small multiples

For live connected data models, this feature requires a version of AS which supports the second generation of DAX queries, also known as SuperDAX: for tabular models, AS 2016 or newer; and for multidimensional models, AS 2019 or newer.

Currently, you can create small multiples on bar, column, line, and area charts.

To get started, create one of the above visuals and choose a field along which you'd like to partition its data. Drag that field into the Small multiples well in the Fields section of the Visualizations pane.

Your chart splits into a 2×2 grid, with the data divided along your chosen dimension. The grid fills with the small multiples charts. They're sorted by your chosen sort order, from left to right, then top to bottom.

Small multiples in a two-by-two grid.

You see that the axes are synchronized. There's one Y axis at the left of each row, and one X axis at the bottom of each column.

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Format a small multiples visual

Some options in the formatting pane let you control the look and feel of the grid.

Change the grid dimensions

You can change the dimensions of the grid in the Grid layout card:

Small multiple grid layout card.

The default is a 2×2 grid of small multiples, but you can adjust the number of rows and columns up to 6×6. Any multiples that don't fit in that grid, load as you scroll down.

Adjust the small multiples titles

As with other visual titles, you can adjust the style and position of the small multiple titles in the Small multiple title card.

Considerations and limitations

Here are some current limitations.

Fields pane

  • Show items with no data: The option still exists, but the behavior may not align with your expectations.

Visual interactions

  • Scroll to load more on the Categorical axis: In standard visuals with many categories in the axis, when you scroll to the end of the axis, the visual loads more categories. Currently, a small multiples visual doesn't load more categories.
  • Right click/context menu -> Analyze: disabled for now.
  • Right click/context menu -> Summarize: disabled for now.
  • Selecting multiple data points with rectangular select: disabled for now.
  • Axis zoom: disabled for now.

Formatting options

General

  • High-density sampling: for line charts, the high-density sampling toggle still exists, but it isn't currently supported by small multiples.

Axis

  • Concatenate labels: disabled for now.

Total labels

  • Total labels for stacked charts: disabled for now.

Zoom slider

  • Zoom sliders: disabled for now.

Analytics pane

  • Trend lines: disabled for now.
  • Forecasting: disabled for now.

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