Buttons are a great way to slice data, especially when using touchscreen devices, like tablets and cell phones.
The ease by which items can be selected and deselected makes this type of Slicer a fan favorite.
To create Button Slicers, begin by adding a Slicer visual to a report and populating the Field with the desired data model item.
To change this default format to Buttons, select Visualizations -> Format Visual -> Slicer Settings -> Options -> Style and change the current setting to Tile.
When resizing the Slicer, the buttons are responsive. In other words, if you make the Slicer tall, the buttons are stacked atop one another. If you make the Slicer wide, the buttons appear side-by-side.
By default, multiple buttons can be selected by holding the CTRL button. If you want each button to act as a toggle (on or off when clicked), change the Selection option labeled “Multi-select with CTRL”.
If you want the user to be limited to selecting only a single button at any time, activate the Selection option labeled “Single Select”.
Other customization options include:
- Display a heading
- Background color
- Border color
- Button color
- Button border color and thickness
- All standard font controls
PRO TIP: When customizing the color of the unselected buttons, it can become unclear as to which are the selected versus unselected buttons. It’s best to go with a color that is similar to the background color for unselected buttons.