Returns the value when there’s only one value in the specified column, otherwise returns the alternate result.


SELECTEDVALUE ( <ColumnName> [, <AlternateResult>] )
Parameter Attributes Description

The column from which a single value is to be returned.

AlternateResult Optional

The value that is returned when there is no value or more than one value in the specified column; if omitted, BLANK is returned.

Return values

Scalar A single value of any type.

The value when the context for ColumnName has been filtered down to one distinct value only. Else, AlternateResult.


A similar expression for

SELECTEDVALUE( <columnName>, <alternateResult> )


IF ( HASONEVALUE( <columnName> ), VALUES( <columnName> ), <alternateResult> )

SELECTEDVALUE cannot be directly used to get the selected item on a column used by the Fields Parameter feature in Power BI.
Instead, the required code is the following:

VAR __SelectedValue = 
        SUMMARIZE ( Parameter, Parameter[Parameter], Parameter[Parameter Fields] ),
RETURN IF ( NOT ISEMPTY ( __SelectedValue ), __SelectedValue )
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SELECTEDVALUE returns the value currently visible in the filter context for a column if there is only one value filtered. Otherwise, it returns the default argument.

-- Shows "unknown" when there are more values in the filter context
-- for the columns specified in the first argument of SELECTEDVALUE
        ROLLUPADDISSUBTOTAL ( 'Product'[Category], "Total Category" ),
        "Current Brand",    SELECTEDVALUE ( 'Product'[Brand],        "**Unknown Brand**" ),
        "Current Category", SELECTEDVALUE ( 'Product'[Category],     "**Unknown Category**" ),
        "Current Product",  SELECTEDVALUE ( 'Product'[Product Name], "**Unknown Product**" )
    TREATAS ( { "Litware", "A. Datum" }, Product[Brand] )

Product[Brand] Product[Category] Total Category Current Brand Current Category Current Product
Litware TV and Video false Litware TV and Video **Unknown Product**
A. Datum Cameras and camcorders false A. Datum Cameras and camcorders **Unknown Product**
Litware Home Appliances false Litware Home Appliances **Unknown Product**
Litware (Blank) true Litware **Unknown Category** **Unknown Product**
A. Datum (Blank) true A. Datum Cameras and camcorders **Unknown Product**
--  SELECTEDVALUE is equivalent to a more complex combination 
    "Current Brand", 
    "Current Brand 2",
        IF (
            HASONEVALUE ( 'Product'[Brand] ),
            VALUES ( 'Product'[Brand] ),

Product[Brand] Current Brand Current Brand 2
Contoso Contoso Contoso
Wide World Importers Wide World Importers Wide World Importers
Northwind Traders Northwind Traders Northwind Traders
Adventure Works Adventure Works Adventure Works
Southridge Video Southridge Video Southridge Video
Litware Litware Litware
Fabrikam Fabrikam Fabrikam
Proseware Proseware Proseware
A. Datum A. Datum A. Datum
The Phone Company The Phone Company The Phone Company
Tailspin Toys Tailspin Toys Tailspin Toys

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Context Transition

This function performs a Context Transition if called in a Row Context. Click to read more.

Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.


Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.


This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.


A volatile function may return a different result every time you call it, even if you provide the same arguments. Click to read more.


This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.


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