ADDMISSINGITEMS

How to Use the Power BI DAX function ADDMISSINGITEMS

What is the ADDMISSINGITEMS Function?

The ADDMISSINGITEMS function is a DAX function that allows you to automatically fill in missing items in a column. For example, if you have a table of sales data and some months are missing, ADDMISSINGITEMS can fill in those missing months with zero values, so that your data is complete and ready for analysis.

How to Use the ADDMISSINGITEMS Function

To use the ADDMISSINGITEMS function, you need to follow these steps:

1. Identify the table and column that you want to fill in missing items for.

2. Create a new measure that uses the ADDMISSINGITEMS function.

3. Add the new measure to your report.

Let’s explore each of these steps in more detail.

Step 1: Identify the Table and Column

The first step is to identify the table and column that you want to fill in missing items for. For example, if you have a table of sales data with a column for months, you may want to fill in any missing months with zero values. To do this, you would use the ADDMISSINGITEMS function on the months column.

Step 2: Create a New Measure

To create a new measure that uses the ADDMISSINGITEMS function, follow these steps:

1. Open Power BI Desktop and navigate to the report view.

2. Click on the “New Measure” button in the “Modeling” tab.

3. Enter a name for your new measure.

4. In the formula bar, enter the ADDMISSINGITEMS function and specify the table and column that you want to fill in missing items for.

Here’s an example of how the formula might look:


Sales with missing items = ADDMISSINGITEMS(Sales[Month], 0)


This formula creates a new measure called “Sales with missing items” that fills in any missing months in the Sales[Month] column with zero values.

Step 3: Add the New Measure to Your Report

Once you have created your new measure, you can add it to your report. To do this, follow these steps:

1. Navigate to the report view.

2. Click on the “Visualizations” pane.

3. Drag the new measure onto the report canvas.

4. Choose the appropriate visualization type for your data, such as a column chart or line chart.

Final Thoughts

The ADDMISSINGITEMS function is a powerful tool for filling in missing items in your data and ensuring that your reports are complete and ready for analysis. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily create a new measure that uses the ADDMISSINGITEMS function and add it to your report. So why not give it a try and see how it can help you to improve your data analysis skills in Power BI?

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