Have a new dataset and not quite sure where to start? Need to build a dashboard fast? Want to quickly look for insights you may have missed?

Run Quick Insights to generate interesting interactive visualizations based on your data. Quick Insights can be run on an entire dataset (Quick Insights) or on a specific dashboard tile (Scoped Quick Insights). You can even run Quick Insights on a Quick Insight!

NOTE: Quick Insights is not available in Power BI Desktop and does not work with DirectQuery - it only works with data uploaded to Power BI.

The Quick Insights feature is built on a growing set of advanced analytical algorithms developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research that we’ll continue to use to allow more people to find insights in their data in new and intuitive ways.

Run Quick Insights on a dataset

Watch Amanda run Quick Insights on a sample dataset, pin one of these Quick Insights as a tile on her dashboard, and open a Quick Insight in Focus mode.

Now it's your turn. Explore Quick Insights using the Supplier Quality Analysis sample.

  1. In the left navigation pane, under Datasets select the ellipses (...) and choose Quick Insights.

  2. Power BI uses various algorithms to search for trends in your dataset.

  3. Within seconds, your insights are ready. Select View Insights to display visualizations.

    Or, in the leftnav, select the ellipses (...) and choose View Insights.

    NOTE: Some datasets can't generate Insights because the data isn't statistically significant. To learn more, see Optimize your data for Quick Insights.

  4. The visualizations display in a special Quick Insights canvas with up to 32 separate Insight cards. Each card has a chart or graph plus a short description.

Interact with the Quick Insight cards

  1. Hover over a card and select the pin icon to add the visualization to a dashboard.

  2. Hover over a card and select the Focus mode icon to display the card fullscreen.

  3. In Focus mode you can:

    • filter the visualizations. To display the filters, in the top right corner, select the arrow.
    • Pin the insight card to a dashboard.
    • Run Quick Insights on the card itself. This is referred to as Scoped Quick Insights. In the top-right corner, select the lightbulb icon or Get Insights.

    The insight displays on the left and new insight cards, based solely on the data in that single insight, display along the right.

  4. To return to the original Quick Insights canvas, in the top-left corner, select Exit Focus mode.

Run Quick Insights on a dashboard tile

Instead of searching for insights against an entire dataset, narrow your search to the data used to create a single dashboard tile. This is referred to as Scoped Quick Insights.

  1. Open the tile in Focus mode.
  2. In the top right corner, select Get Insights.

  3. Power BI displays the insight cards along the right side of the tile.

  4. Does one insight pique your interest? Select that insight card to dig further. The selected insight appears on the left and new insight cards, based solely on the data in that single insight, display along the right.

  5. Continue digging into your data, and when you find an interesting insight, pin its visual to your dashboard by selecting Pin visual from the top-right corner. Also, you can send feedback to let the dataset owner know if a particular insight was helpful or not.

See also

Optimize your data for Power BI Quick Insights

Power BI - Basic Concepts

Dashboards in Power BI

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