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Chapter 16: Adding Interactivity with Slicers
Adding Interactivity
with Slicers
In This Chapter
Understanding slicers
Creating and formatting standard slicers
Using Timeline slicers
Using slicers as command buttons
Slicers allow you to filter your pivot table, similar to the way Filter fields filter a pivot table. The difference is
that slicers offer a user-friendly interface, enabling you to better manage the filter state of your pivot table
reports. Happily, Microsoft has added another dimension to slicers with the introduction of Timeline
slicers. Timeline slicers are designed to work specifically with date-based filtering.
In this chapter, you explore slicers and their potential to add an attractive as well as interactive user
interface to your dashboards and reports.
Understanding Slicers
If you’ve worked your way through Chapter 14, you know that pivot tables allow for interactive
filtering using Filter fields. Filter fields are the drop-down lists you can include at the top of your pivot
table, allowing users to interactively filter for specific data items. As useful as Filter fields are, they’ve
always had a couple of drawbacks:
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