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The new button slicer visual in Power BI Desktop
Part three of a three-part series of blogs
Microsoft have introduced a new button slicer visual in the November 2023 Power BI Desktop update, which adds additional functionality and formatting features to the old tile slicer.
The new button slicer can now hold images and text in each button:
This button contains an image URL and a text value stored in the data model.
If you have the URL to an image stored in your data model, it is easy to add that image to your buttons.
Select the column containing the URL and assign the correct Data category to it:
The data category Image URL will allow Power BI to retrieve the image for your visual.
Add that field into the button slicer visual:
This will display the images in the button.
If the text is contained in your data model, you can add it in the formatting options:
This data model contains a calculated column which assigns the correct descriptions to each image.
To add the text to the new button slicer - expand the Callout values property and turn on the Label property:
This will add labels to the default state of the buttons.
Expand the Label property and add your text field:
This will display the appropriate text below the image on the button.
You can apply the usual array of formatting options to your label including conditional formatting:
Bold formatting has been switched on for the text.
Your slicer buttons will now display both images and text - something that isn't available with the old tile slicer:
The colour of the rating background has been applied to the text using conditional formatting on a field value.
Our verdict? This is indeed an improvement on the old tile slicer visual with a much wider array of formatting options that are in keeping with the previously released new card visual.
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