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Presentation mode in Power BI Windows App

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Many organizations are embracing data culture and using business, sales, operations and other types of data in meetings and decision-making processes. Power BI apps support that, and today we’re releasing enhanced presentation mode capabilities in Power BI Windows 10 app, built specifically for such scenarios.

Using Presentation mode in the Power BI app running on Surface Hub in your conference room and collaboration areas, better allows you to have meetings which focus on your data. Presenting, collaborating and having productive discussions with your colleagues and team members while using your data in your Power BI dashboards and reports has never been easier.

To enter Presentation Mode, tap the full screen button in the menu bar. This will make the app frame disappear, allowing you to put all your attention on the report or dashboard visuals and data.

Depending on your screen size, a new action bar will be shown, either on the bottom of the screen (for up to 84” displays) or on the left and right edges (for 84” and larger displays).

Presentation mode with bottom action bar


Presentation mode with side action bar

The action bar has tools for helping you navigate within the report (pages) and inside the app (breadcrumbs). The tools also help you find other content within the reports (search), and help you enhance your presentations and team discussions (inking).

If you have a pen, you can use inking to highlight items during your presentation and add annotations to the report based on discussions during the meeting:

Using ink in presentation mode

The actions bar can also be undocked and be placed anywhere on your screen. This is extremely useful if you have large screen and you want the actions close to a specific visual as you’re discussing or presenting it:

Undocking the action bar

You can still enjoy presentation mode even if you don’t have Surface Hub in your meeting room. Presentation mode is also available for Windows desktops, laptops and tablets. You can also use the same functionality while projecting Power BI data on your screen in the conference room or while sharing your screen during online meetings, for example, when using Teams or Skype.