Q&A is the Power BI ad hoc reporting tool. Need to find a particular insight? Ask a question about your data, and receive an answer in the form of a visualization.
NOTE: To follow along, open the Retail Analysis sample.
Open a dashboard that has at least one tile pinned from a report. When you ask a question, Power BI looks for the answer in any dataset that has a tile pinned to that dashboard. To learn more, see get data.
In the question box at the top of your dashboard, start typing what you want to know about your data.
For example, as you type "last year sales by month and territory"...
the question box gives you suggestions.
To add the chart to your dashboard as a tile, select the pin on the top-right side of the canvas.
Pin the tile to an existing dashboard or to a new dashboard.
A success message (near the top-right corner) lets you know the visualization was added, as a tile, to your dashboard.
Select Go to dashboard to see the new tile. There, you can rename, resize, add a hyperlink, and reposition the tile, and more on your dashboard.
When you start typing a question, Q&A immediately begins searching for the best answer from all datasets associated with the current dashboard. The "current dashboard" is the dashboard listed in the top navigation bar. For example, this question is being asked in the Retail Analysis Sample dashboard that is part of the mihart app workspace.
How does Q&A know which datasets to use? Q&A has access to all datasets that have visualizations pinned to that dashboard.