Using a Card as a Slicer in Power BI

Using a card as a slicer in Power BI is a common question I receive.  The quick answer is it is not possible – I hear this much too often from others.  However, that is a very rare statement I would make about Power BI.  It is a rare statement that I use with anything data related.  I feel like so much more is possible if you think outside of the box.  Too many people stop when they cannot find the answer they were looking for.

I will add a quick posting to show a couple of options on how to work around this “issue”.

  • A customized bar or column chart

Pro(s): standard chart, looks like a standard card

Con(s): the bar would only look transparent if your background is a solid color, requires re-sizing for larger data labels

Customization: add the KPI, add the attribute you want to slice by on the axis, use visual filters if necessary, turn off x and y axis, turn bar color to the same color as your background color, turn on data labels with placement centered inside of bar

Power BI KPI or Card as a Slicer
Power BI KPI or Card as a Slicer
You can’t even tell the difference between the original KPI visual and the bar chart!


  • A donut chart overlaying a KPI visual

Pro(s): standard chart, looks clean

Con(s): have to click on the donut, cannot click inside of the donut, requires proper sizing of the overlay for largest number expected in the KPI

Power BI donut chart
Power BI donut chart
  • Custom visual ‘Ring Chart’

Pro(s): easy, looks like donut chart option above but should be cleaner for variable measure lengths, etc.

Con(s): non-standard chart

Power BI Ring Chart
Ring chart for Power BI
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5 thoughts on “Using a Card as a Slicer in Power BI”

  1. This has been a life saver! One thing to add that was driving me crazy is you have to make it unresponsive under the General formatting section. Then you can make the data label as big as you want. Cheers!


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