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Power Pivot Principles: Slicing the Bridge

13 April 2021

Welcome back to the Power Pivot Principles blog. This week, we will create a slicer to filter out the summary table.

Last week, I showed you the creation of a bridging table to join two queries with non-unique values. The result from last week is shown below:

This week, I will create a slicer for the ‘Account_Number’ column, to filter selected Budget and Actuals data. The summary table currently looks like this:

I thought it best to show you first what NOT to do. Here, I have inserted a slicer using the Budget table and then chose an ‘Account_Number’:

When I select one of the fields from the slicer, my table looks like the following:

Notice how only the Budget columns are filtered! If I use the Actuals query to create my slicer, my summary table would look like this instead:

Again! But this time only the Actuals columns have been filtered. I know this seems confusing, but the solution is straightforward. In order, to filter both Budget and Actuals, my slicer needs to use the ‘Account_Number’ field only from the Bridge table created. This will then cascade filters into both dependent tables:

There it is problem solved! Notice how the Bridge has multiple uses and advantages. In a nutshell, to filter fields with non-unique values in more than one table, one must link the slicer to the bridging table only. This ensures data filtering works perfectly!

That’s it for this week!

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