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Timeline Slicer Usability

The Timeline Slicer custom visual works quite well. However it is currently pretty much unusable due to its massive space requirements. At the moment one third of the vertical space on my report is taken up with the Timeline Slicer.


I don't know if anyone from the MS custom visuals team is here, but you need to run it past a usability expert. I am unable to leave a review in the store, so here is my feedback.


The problems are:

  • The whitespace around the time periods means too much vertical space is used.
  • Stacking the time periods on top of each other is again very wasteful. A more intelligent layout is required, maybe putting month, quarter and year on the same line for example.
  • You are unable to reduce the font size below 8pt, which would be useful for certain elements.
  • The vertical and horizontal space taken up by the coloured timeline is too much.
  • It should be possible to configure the lowest level of the time heirarchy, ie to prevent drilling down to days.
  • It should be possible to configure the fiscal calendar to start on a shifting event, for example the second Monday in April.
  • It should be possible to toggle between regular and fiscal calendar whilst using the Timeline Slicer.

Hi guys, any update on this? I hate to sound demanding, but what good is a perfectly engineered report if my user keeps complaining of the presentation? I know there are a lot of other important stuff to do, but this is a quick win over a basic functionality that is currently broken, and one with great visibility. As it stands, I can either have one third of my screen real state taken by this visual, or just revert back to the barebones (emphasis on "bare") default data slicer. Please, give this slicer the love it deserves!  


I second that!  Would love to see the slicer reduced in size so we can use it.


My idea is to go from this monster:



To this (ugly because it was made in Paint, but you get my meaning):




I would love to set inly the labels that are relevant to me:





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