# Dynamic Charts - Swap the x-axis via a slicer

This may seem a bit weird but it makes sense to me.
I am producing a complex chart and a simple table based on the product dimension. Everything is done. Now I have been asked to add a slicer to change the dimension the chart and table are based on.

All of the measures - thats the easy bit. I can calculate based on the slicer value.

The difficult part (1) is the line and stacked column chart - I use an attribute of a dimension [Product Name] as the Shared axis (x-axis) withe Sales as the column value and a cumulative for the Line Value.

How can I replace the [Product Name] with something more dynamic - so from the slicer the user selects āSales Area Nameā rather than āProduct Nameā and suddenly the x-axis is the Sales Area Name?

Problem number 2 is the Matrix table which has the same problem. The first column is [Product Name] and again I want that to be dependant on a slicer selection.

I want a column that would be
Column for the X Axis =
SELECTEDVALUE(āslicer analysisā[x axis]),
āArea Nameā, VALUES(ādim Areaā[Area Name]),
āProduct Nameā, VALUES(ādim Productā[Product Name]),
VALUES(ādim Productā[Product Name]) // DEFAULT
)

I have seen some examples where people have used a slicer, a bi-directional join to the fact table but ā¦ Product Name and Area Name are not store on the fact table. They both use a surrogate key to hook up to the fact table and as the fact table is large I want to try and avoid dulicating it.

The only other alternative I can see is using bookmarks but I want the user to look at a slicer and for that to drive the chart and Matrix.

All suggestion gratefully received. Although I have said there are two choices - in reality I know this is going to expand to 10 very rapidly.

Sorry to waffle on but I think a solution would need

1. to look like they are using a slicer to pick the attribute used for Analysis
2. Would be nice to avoid bookmarks.

Thanks
E.

Hello @ells,

Thank You for posting your query onto the Forum.

Iām providing few of the links of the videos where for charts how one can dynamically switch their axis as well as for the matrix/tables where how to change the column names.

Hoping you find this useful and meets your requirements.

Thanks & Warm Regards,
Harsh

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Thanks @Harsh

I had gone through all of those bar the last one. Unless I am missing something they dont work for me.

On my fact table is skey_Area and skey_Product.I looked at Patricks solution which seems to be similar to everyone else. But I really dont want to create that could link to 10 possible attributes.

I will have a look in detail but fear that it will make a massive model even bigger.

I now have my calcs for he columns and line sorted. I thought I could have a column on the fact table that gave different values based on a sllicer

If my slicer says Area Show the Area Name as the column value, If my Slicer says Product show the product Name.

A card linked to the slicer changes but the axis on my chart remains

Thanks
E

Re-checked Patricks video. This seems to work on one dimension table but not potentially 10 different dimension tables.

To explain simpler I want one chart Money on X and on the x-axis
Area Name (from the area dimension)
or
Product Name from the Product dimension
or
Territory Name from the Territory dimension
etc

The x-axis is to be chosen from a slicer or something that looks like a slicer.

The closest I can get is all of the measures being dynamic so the values work. But the ZX-Axis just stays the same, Tried basing it on a clum added to the Fact table that would show the correct names but when I select the slicer it does not change the values / chart

Bit stuck
E

Hello @ells,

Can you please provide the working of your file alongwith the desired result that youāre trying to achieve so that members of our forum can also help you. If your data contains the sensitive information then you can mask your data. Below is the link provided of the video about how to mask the sensitive data which was created by one of our Expert @BrianJ.

Because right now lots of guess work is going on. Or you can simply use the bookmark option and overlay the charts on top of one another. Iām also providing some of the links of the videos related to the Bookmarks.

Thanks & Warm Regards,
Harsh

Hi @ells, please be sure to check out our DAX Clean Up tool itās a great way to ensure to make your DAX code easy to read. Thanks!

Its difficult to provide the file as it is commercially sensitive. Will see if I can do a quick versaion with another dats set
Mark

Slicer for the x-axis.pbix (768.4 KB)

Uploaded a basic example. As you can see it looks like Patricks Dynamic X Axis chart video. But I have a large data set and dont want to bulk it out just because the users want a slicer rather than a button.

Thanks
E

Hello @ells,

As you said that your data is in bulk and you donāt want to further increase the size of it by unpivoting it. Then the only option that weāre left with it is the āBookmarks and Buttonsā option. Iām the providing the screenshot below of your first page as well as the Bookmarks page of my solution and the results are identical i.e. as good as having slicer on the page.

You can also further format/resize the buttons by exploring the formatting options as per the requirements.

Iām attaching the PBIX file of my working for the reference.

Hoping you find this useful and meets your requirements.

Thanks & Warm Regards,
Harsh

Slicer for the x-axis.pbix (752.0 KB)

Thanks,
Is there a way of keeping bookmarks under control so like grouping them. So when I look at the Bookmarks I can see them grouped by the page they are on. Looks like I am going to end up with a lot of bookmarks
Cheers
E.

Hello @ells,

Youāre welcome.

Yes, you can surely group the bookmarks page wise. Select you bookmarks by pressing the āCtrlā key and then click on the āā¦ā dots ellipses and then select the option of āGroupā. Below is the screenshot provided of the result for the reference.

Iām also attaching the PBIX file of that working for the reference.

Hoping you find this useful and meets your requirements.

Thanks & Warm Regards,
Harsh

Slicer for the x-axis.pbix (752.0 KB)

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I now have a different issue with too many visuals on one page that all seem to take forever to load.
Might have to have a rethink.

@ells

Perhaps consider a āmain pageā with your buttons, and then hidden pages with each of the views.
if the buttons were replicated to each page, then you could simply have the buttons lead from one view to another. To the end user, it would probably be much smoother.

updated version attached - please note that this version uses page navigation only, does not require bookmarks.Slicer for the x-axis.pbix (761.0 KB)

Many thanks. It all seems to be grinding to a halt so anything that makes it easier is good. Will give that a go.
Thanks
E

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