Power BI Buttons and Toggles, Changing Toggles to grouped Images

You can show and hide visuals on a report using bookmarks, buttons and toggles. Grouping your toggle buttons can simplify your selections. This example shows how it works with a quick demo

What you will need...

Two images for on and off (For the toggle bar).

You also need a data set in Power BI to create this report. The following table was created within the Power BI Report (Enter Data)

Next, we simply need 3 visuals that we can place on top of each other to show and hide dependent upon the selected bookmark.

Time to create the 3 bookmarks. Go to 'View' and select 'Bookmark' pane and 'Selection' Pane.

Let's start to set up the report before we change how the bookmarks work. First of all, Place the visuals on top of one another ready to show and hide. The pie will be our initial start-up bookmark.

Now we need the initial toggles to show the pie on and funnel and map off. From Home Click 'Image' and add in the visuals for On-Off and Off. You can also add text for each option (Pie Funnel and Map).

At this point, it makes sense to change the name of the images in the Selection pane so you know what each image is for. Feel free to move the selection order around for it to make sense with what is on the page.

Each toggle can either be on or off. Add 3 more visuals, Off On and On and slide them under the toggle images you already have (And rename in reorder in the selection pane).


Note, the 2nd 'Pie off img' and 'Funnel off img' are incorrect and then set to on later. So we have an 'off' and an 'on' image.

Now its time to show and hide the visuals dependent upon the selected bookmark. However, you now have 6 toggles to look after for every single bookmark which is increasing complexity. Each toggle needs to be shown and hidden depending upon the bookmark.

Grouping should hopefully make things a lot easier. First set the bookmarks for funnel and map to not update data. We are updating data in the Pie Bookmark.

Let's hide the visuals for each bookmark first. In the 'selection pane' hide the visual and then Click on the bookmark and update (Don’t forget to update the bookmark after you have hidden visuals).

Now its time for the toggles. We now want to group the images for on and off.

Select all the off images within the selection pane and then click on the visual (As they have already been selected and click Group).

Rename Group 1 ‘Toggles off’. Do the same with the on images and rename to Toggles on. Each group has the toggles within.

And now we can show/hide the buttons within each bookmark separately and then update each bookmark.

As you can see, for each bookmark, the corresponding on button is shown and off button hidden. The other two 'off' visuals are shown.

Now it's time to set actions on the buttons to go to the correct bookmark.

If a visual is shown in the Group you can set the Action under format. It is the 'off' buttons that provide the action to the other bookmarks. For example, Pie is on, meaning we are on that bookmark and we can travel to either funnel or map.

Again, click on the bookmark, set the actions for the off images and then update the bookmarks before moving onto the next.

When you go to Funnel Bookmark, you will need to set the Off pie visual because it hasn’t been done yet (map already has the action set from the previous bookmark) and you always want to go to Map from this image.

When you get to funnel all the actions for the off buttons have been created. This is a much easier way of looking after your toggles to show and hide visuals.

Time to publish your new report to check that it's working. For this report, we are simply publishing to My Workspace.


To create the same functionality without grouping your buttons first, it's much more complex. This is a great update and will make things so much easier in future. Click Here for the original 'how-to' solution.

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