Create Calculated Measures in Power BI

In Microsoft Power BI, you can create a custom calculated measure (or numeric aggregated calculation) from existing columns. In this article, we show you how to create calculated measures with an example.

To demonstrate these Power BI calculated measures, we are going to use the Data Source that we created in Connect to SQL Server article.

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In order to create it, please click on the New Measure option under the Modeling tab.

Choose New Measure Option under Modeling Tab 2

Clicking the Power BI New tab opens the DAX formula bar with default measures name, as we showed below.

Write DAX Expression for Measure 3

You can rename this as per your requirement. Let me rename this one as Total Sale

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For the Power BI calculated measures demo purpose, we add the Internet Sales Amount, Reseller Sales Amount from Fact Internet Sales, and Fact Reseller Sales tables. Unlike calculated columns, you have to use the aggregated function to create it.

As you can see from the screenshot below, while I was typing, Power BI IntelliSense is showing the suggestions.

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By clicking the enter or any key, a new Measure called TotalSale created.

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Let me add the calculated Measure that we created earlier to a Table. Please refer Table Report article to understand the steps involved in creating a table

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Let me minimize the Fields tab and Visualization so that you can focus on table values.

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You can also apply filters on these too. From the screenshot below, you can see that we selected a few areas in our Pie Chart, and the same has been reflected in the table as well.

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