Power BI | Drill-through and bookmarks exercise | Connecting pages using Drillthrough

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You can learn how to do this exercise on the relevant Wise Owl classroom training course (sadly for the moment only in the UK).

Software ==> Power BI  (92 exercises)
Version ==> Latest update
Topic ==> Drill-through and bookmarks  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Relatively easy
Before you can do this exercise, you'll need to download and unzip this file (if you have any problems doing this, click here for help).

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Start by creating the following table and chart using the Drilling down to details.xlsx file found in the above folder (choose to import all of the tables listed).


This is our main data page and the one we will filter through to, when someone uses drill-through on a habitat.

To make this into a page that will be filtered, drag the HabitatName into the Drillthrough filters section of the field well:


Whilst only one drill-through filter can be applied at once, you can have as many potential filter fields as you like.


Power BI will create a back button automatically after you add a field to Drillthrough filters. Only one button will be created no matter how many fields are added.

Back button Drillthrough filter

The back button is a really handy tool. It returns the user to the page they came from last!


Now to create the page to drill from. On a separate page called Drillthrough table create the following table:

Drillthough power bi reports

You could also at this point hide the page called Target page that you want to drill to. This prevents anyone getting to that page without using the drill-through.

Surprisingly that is all that you need to do. Now visuals that contain a field include in the Drillthrough filters can be right clicked, to navigate to the filtered page.

Filtering drilldown

As you add more pages that have a drillt-hrough filter on them, more options will appear in the Drillthrough section shown.


Finally the result of all your hard work should be that the hidden report page is automatically filtered:

Filtered page drillthrough power bi

So if I have 5,322 birds in the hand does that mean they are worth 10,644 in the bush?

Optionally save this as Who you calling a bird.pbix and close it down.

You can unzip this file to see the answers to this exercise, although please remember this is for your personal use only.
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12 Oct 20 at 15:03

Why is the purchases table missing?

12 Oct 20 at 16:05

I don't understand this - downloading and unzipping the file you need to do the exercise returns an Excel workbook with four sheets, one of which is Purchases.