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 How to edit interactions in Power BI?

There are two main ways to edit interactions in Power BI, depending on your desired level of control and complexity:

1. Visual Level Interactions:

This method allows you to define how one visual impacts another on the same report page. Here's how:

  • Select the visual you want to control the interaction: This will be the "source" visual that triggers the interaction.

  • Go to the "Format" pane: You can find this in the right sidebar or the top menu depending on your Power BI version.

  • Scroll down to the "Interactions" section: This opens a drop-down menu and additional options.

  • Choose the target visual(s): Select the visuals you want to be affected by the source visual click.

  • Set the interaction type: Here are some common options:

  • Filter: Apply filters based on selections in the source visual.

  • Highlight: Highlight data points in the target visual corresponding to selections in the source.

  • Drill Through: Open a dedicated page with detailed information linked to the selection in the source visual.

  • None: Disable any interaction between the selected visuals.

  • Fine-tune settings: Depending on the interaction type, you may have additional options like filter direction, animation effects, or drill-through target pages.

  • Click "Apply" or close the "Format" pane: Your interactions are now set.

2. "Edit Interactions" Feature:

This tool provides more granular control over interactions and allows defining how multiple visuals impact each other across the report page. Here's how:

  • Open the "Edit Interactions" tool:

  • In Power BI Desktop, click "Format" > "Edit Interactions".

  • In Power BI Service, open the report in editing view and access the tool from the report menu bar.

  • Select the visual you want to modify the interactions for: This will be the visual whose data point selections trigger the interactions.

  • In the right sidebar, choose the "Targets" tab: This displays a list of all visuals on the page.

  • Turn on interactions for desired visuals: Click the toggle buttons next to each target visual you want to include in the interaction.

  • Set the interaction type: Choose from the same options as the visual level interactions (filter, highlight, etc.).

  • Refine settings: Adjust any additional options based on the chosen interaction type.

  • Repeat for other visuals: You can define multiple interactions for the same source visual with different target visuals and settings.

  • Click outside the "Edit Interactions" tool or close the pane: Your customized interactions are now active.


  • You can combine both visual level and "Edit Interactions" features for a more complex interaction setup.

  • Preview your interactions while adjusting settings to ensure they behave as intended.

  • Consider the user experience and avoid overwhelming dashboards with too many interactions.

I hope this explanation clarifies how to edit interactions in Power BI. Feel free to ask if you have any further questions or need specific examples!

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