Currently in a native Power BI matrix, you cannot expand or collapse columns freely as you can do with rows. In the example below, even though we have assigned region, sub-region & quarter to Columns, only the region shows up by default, and there is no way to expand a specific region to reveal the sub-region directly, as it is possible to expand Beverages alone in the rows to reveal its children.
In fact, this request has been a popular upvoted feature in the Microsoft idea place, with more than 9k votes.
With Inforiver, you can expand/collapse specific columns to reveal its children, just as we can do with the row hierarchies in native Power BI visual. In the sample image below, you can see International Region and EMEA Sub-region in the columns expanding to reveal the four quarters - while the rest of the branches (such as APAC, US, etc.) remain collapsed.
There is more you can do with Inforiver while managing column (and row) hierarchies. When you mouse-over the category names on the top-left of the table (Region, Sub Region and Quarter), a hamburger menu appears.
Clicking the hamburger menu will reveal a list of action items.
From this menu, you can perform the following actions:
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