Exercise: Create a chart of sales by centre type with a linked slicer

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Category ==> Power BI - Excel 2016  (23 exercises)
Topic ==> Power BI Desktop overview  (3 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> PowerPivot / Excel Power BI
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). Once you've done this:
  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
  2. Open the SQL file you've just unzipped (you can press CTRL + O to do this); then
  3. Execute this script.

This will generate the database that you'll need to use in order to do this exercise (note that the database and script are only to be used for exercises published on this website, and may not be reused or distributed in any form without the prior written permission of Wise Owl).

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Create a new Power BI Desktop file, and import the following tables from the Make-a-Mammal database:

Tables to import

Import these tables into your Power BI Desktop model.


Use Query Editor and/or the "field well" to whittle your tables/columns down to the ones you want to consider:

The final data model

You can delete some columns, but be careful to hide the id columns used in relationships (not delete them).  On a scale of 1 to 10, how annoyed are you at having to hide each column individually?


Create a slicer allowing you to choose one or more centre types:

Slicer for centre type

Someone has changed the orientation of this slicer to Horizontal.  Your slicer doesn't have to look anything like this!

Add a column chart showing total sales by product for the centre types you've chosen:

Final report

Your final report could look like this.

Save this file as Wow, then close it down.

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