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vmazz77 Frequent Visitor
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How can I filter by a list of values?

We have the need to be able to filter by a list of values.  For example, we have a list of orders and would like to be able to paste the values into a filter for order numbers.  Is this possible in either Power BI or Power BI Desktop? 

 

I understand you can search for a particular value, filter for a contiguous range of values, or check individual values for filtering, but it doesn't seem possible to paste a list of values to filter on.

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andre
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

I don't believe this is possible

Super User
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

I'm going to think about this one some more as that is a pretty odd request. But, you *might* be able to get there using something like this:

 

http://www.daxpatterns.com/parameter-table/

 

 

Basically, come up with a parameter table that you could reference in DAX.


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vmazz77 Frequent Visitor
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

Thanks - I appreciate the link and will be interested in anything else you might come up with.  Maybe surprisingly, it's a common use case - an analyst or manager receives a list of orders/products/etc. to research and needs a way to filter the data to get more information about the items on the list.  This is a very easy thing to do in Cognos's ad hoc tool - not so much in the MS world.

konstantinos Senior Member
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

One way I can think is a powerquery function to filter values based on specific list..only for excel or powerbi desktop - cannot refresh in powerbi service ( functions )..

 

 

A combination of these:

http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/2014/12/05/power-query-and-function-parameters-of-type-list/

http://blog.crossjoin.co.uk/2015/01/08/multiselect-filtering-and-functions-in-power-query/

 

Konstantinos Ioannou
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

In MS world, you would use slicers. I guess what is odd is that you have a list to copy and paste, where does that list come from? Some other system, do they type what they want in Notepad??


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korneel Visitor
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

In my search for a solution for this same problem, I stumbled upon this dormant topic.

 

Luckily, I found a solution:

 

let
Orders = Table.FromRows(
{
{2600, "Beth", "Magical Beans"},
{2601, "Jim", "Fairy Dust"},
{2602, "Sandra", "Ostrich Fairy Duster"},
{2603, "Bill", "Calculator"}
},
{"OrderNo", "Customer", "Product"}), // Your table with orders
OrderNumberSelection = {2601, 2602}, // These are the order numbers we want to use as a filter
#"Filter by list" = Table.SelectRows(Orders, each List.Contains(OrderNumberSelection,[OrderNo]) )
in
#"Filter by list"

 

Shelley Member
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

If you're still looking for this functionality, I've discovered this custom slicer visual. It works. The limitation for me is that it doesn't sync across tabs and it is kind of large, but it comes in handy.

 

https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/product/power-bi-visuals/WA104381413?tab=Overview

 

If this addresses your need, please consider marking this as a solution.

wsethpollock New Member
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Re: How can I filter by a list of values?

This is not an odd request. There are many times where someone may want to filter by a list of product numbers, procedure codes, provider id, store id, etc. It may be a very long process to select each individual id, rather than just pasting in a list of filter criteria.