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Small multiples feedback thread

Hi all,


This month marks the release of the public preview version of small multiples! We're excited for you to try it out, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions on the feature. 


If you haven't already, check out the blog post here to learn more about how to use small multiples and what we have planned for the feature. Then let us know here or via this survey what you think of the feature! 


- the Power BI small multiples squad

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

It should be as well more responsive. E.g., if we expand the size for the whole charts, then it should be possible to see automatically more of these small multiple.

you can lower number of rows/columns to 1 to avoid the empty space! and thanks for the comments re: responsivity. 

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

When I want to show only 2 charts, then a second row with empty space is created.

Not very logic or useful.

For your inspiration, Zebra BI has cool ways of showing the small multiples-

I have the same issue. With RLS some users have 10 regions, so I set up the small multiples with 2 columns & 4 rows. But other users have only 2 regions and they would see 3 empty rows.

Frequent Visitor

Hi.  Just an idea.  It would be great to be able to colour each iteration using Conditional Formattting

so you mean, for example, if I have a line chart with "country" in the small multiples bucket, the lines are different colors by country?

This feature is already there in the bar chart multiples, but not in the line chart yet. If you start from a bar chart, make the changes there and convert to a line chart, formatting gets carried over for the data points (not the lines in between them).

Any idea when this will be implemented?

Frequent Visitor

100% correct, yes

Resolver I
Resolver I

I would like to expand to the next level not just in the X axis, but also in the "Small Multiples". In my case, I would like not just to expand to the next Data hierachie but also Organisational hierachies.

when I expand to the next hierachie in the Axis, all colors have to be set. I would like to keep the colors set at first. For instance, If I apply this 2021 the color 1, I would like that when I expand to Months, all months keep the color 1.

Finally, the visualiazion of the X axis  just at the bottom doesn't help much to see how all data points fit.

Great visual.

thanks for the feedback! we'll take it into consideration 🙂 

Frequent Visitor

Just today (12/29/2020), I installed PBI desktop on my computer but do not see the Small Multiples field when creating a column visual.  Is there something else I need to do to activate that feature? 

You need to enable the Preview option - instuctions can be found here: Announcing Small Multiples (preview) | Microsoft Power BI Blog | Microsoft Power BI

Post Prodigy
Post Prodigy

Certainly need the async y-axis scales for each of small multiples. For eg, my region USA might have revenue in millions and another region like Bangladesh might have it in higher thousands, but I want to compare the individuals in Bangladesh region side by side. In today's case, all the values for Bangladesh will look tiny. Hope you got my point.

acknowledged, thanks! 

Completely agree. Without having different dyamic y-axis this feature isn't overly useful (but would be very powerful with it).

Frequent Visitor

Is mobile currently supported? I didn't see anything mentioned on the link. But a report I'm using just continuously tries to load. 

we don't have full responsive support for small multiples, but mobile is supported in the sense that small multiples should still render... so if it's not working, it sounds like a bug -- feel free to file one (or email me with a pbix and repro: rien at microsoft) 

Advocate II
Advocate II

Not sure if this is just a bug, but I added small multiples with different values in different orders of magniture.  Some are just decimal points, while others are in the tens of thousands. The Y axis seems to scale based on the highest value that exists in the column, and this Y-Axis distribution and start/end gets applied to all small multiplies regardless of their values.


So I have several breakdowns where you can barely see a line/bar, because it plots values between 0,01 and 0,70 on a Y-Axis that starts at 0 and goes to 30,000. It works fine when I change the "Scale Type" under the Y-Axis from Linear to Log, but that doesn't really meet the requirements.

It would be nice with a toggle or something that would allow us to switch Y-Axis scaling between "apply equally" and "apply per level", or even customize each of them.

If I'm missing something, please let me know! 

I get the asynchonous Y-axis...  but is this mixing up a 'grid container' of several different charts vs. trellis of charts?  The idea of synchronous Y-axis is to show the trellis dimension on the same order of magnitude for direct comparison.. so it shows region A is larger as a whole from Region B.   no?



this isn't a bug -- and unsynchronized y axis ranges are definitely on the roadmap! 

Any update on this?

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