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A tutorial on how to create Power View reports based on SSAS tabular models
Part six of a seven-part series of blogs

Power View is an add-in included within Excel 2013 and later versions. This tutorial shows how to create Power View reports based on Analysis Services tabular models.

  1. Overview - what is Power View?
  2. Creating your first Power View report
  3. Creating and formatting basic visualisations (tables)
  4. Text boxes and images in Power View
  5. Filtering reports using tiles, slicers and filters
  6. Matrices and cards in Power View (this blog)
  7. Charts in Power View

This blog is part of our online SSAS Tabular tutorial; we also offer lots of other Analysis Services training resources.

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 December 2015

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Matrices and cards in Power View

What are matrices and cards?

A matrix is basically a grouped report.  It allows you to turn a table:

Base table for matrix

This table is grouping by quadrant, species and centre type. 

Into a grouped report:

A matrix

You can also drill-down, as this blog will shortly demonstrate.

Cards, by contrast, are almost completely pointless:


One of the two styles of card.

Users of Reporting Services (SSRS) should know that a matrix in SSRS is completely different to a matrix in Power View!

Creating a matrix

To create a matrix, start with a table which is grouping by at least two columns:

Grouped table

This table is showing total sales by quadrant, species and centre type.


From the DESIGN tab of the ribbon, choose to turn this into a matrix:

Matrix menu

Choose this option to turn a table into a matrix.


Initially matrices just allow you to see group totals:

Group totals

You can see group totals in a matrix.


Drill-down using matrices

The great thing about matrices is that they support drill-down.  To enable this, choose this menu option:

Drill-down menu

Choose this option to enable drill-down.

The view of your matrix changes completely:

Drill-down matrix

You just see totals by the first grouping column.


However, you can now click on any quadrant (for example) to show its details:

Drill-down by quadrant

Click on a label in the first column, and a drill-down icon will appear.


You can continue in this vein to drill-down to show total sales for amphibians for the East quadrant:

Drill-up or drill-down

You can drill back up, or drill down still further.


As always, you can press CTRL + Z to return to where you were really easily.

Creating cards

You can turn a table into cards, although whether you'd want to is another question.   First select your table:

Table for cards

Create and select a table.


Now choose to make this into a card:

Card menu

Choose this menu on the DESIGN tab of the Excel ribbon to turn your table into a card.


This is what you'll now see:

Cards in action

Cards show each row in a separate card.


Finally, you can change the card style to call-outs:

Card style menu

Choose this option to change the card style.

However, I just don't see the point of this:

Layout cards

You can use the scroll arrow at the bottom right to scroll down, but this seems a strange way to want to view data.



For the final part of this blog, I'll show how to create charts (which will include a fantastic feature allowing you to show how bubble charts change over time). 

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