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Power BI Service March Update

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It’s already March, which means we are starting the final countdown to the Microsoft Data Insights Summit on March 22nd and 23rd! We’re all very excited here on the Power BI team, and we hope many of you will be able to join us at the Summit. It’s going to be a very exciting event, with several big feature announcements happening. We don’t want to reveal anything too soon, but below you’ll find several small features we shipped in the past month to hold you over until then.

We hope you enjoy this update, and if you have any new feature requests, please let us know on our UserVoice site.

Here’s a summary of the new features we released over the past few weeks:


Quick Insights and Q&A



Print from Full Screen Mode

Many users spend most of their time in full screen mode, either because they are doing presentations, or because they are taking advantage of the URL parameter ?chromeless=true. And now you can print too without having to exit full screen mode first.

Simply move your cursor to reveal the menu overlay.

print ui

When you select the Print option, your browser’s print window will open.

print browser

Fit to Width in Full Screen Mode

We have heard from many users that they use full screen mode to present their dashboards in meetings. Full Screen works well for many dashboards, but not all.  To address this, we’ve added another option to the full screen mode overlay: Fit to Width.

fit to width ui

Fit to Width expands your tiles to fill the entire canvas. This is useful for those dashboards that are taller than they are wide. For example, in Full Screen mode, the dashboard below has a lot of empty space to the right and the tiles are too small to be seen in the back of the room.

fit to screen view

Fit to Width expands the tiles so they fill the width of the screen, making it easier for everyone in your audience to see your data.  

fit to width view

Tile Flow

Since November of last year, you have been able to freely position tiles on the dashboard. However, some users want their tiles to always look orderly and positioned together as they work. To do this, we have added the ability turn on tile flow for a dashboard, which automatically aligns your tiles to the top left corner of the canvas.

To turn on Tile Flow, select the ellipses next to the name of the dashboard and select Settings.

Settings flyout

From the Dashboards tab, find Dashboard tile flow and select Turn on tile flow

 tile flow

Before you turn on tile flow, your tiles will stay where you put them.

pre tile flow

After you turn tile flow on, they will all align to the top left of the dashboard.

post tile flow

Quick Insights and Q&A

Trend lines for correlations and trends

Quick Insights lets you quickly and easily find trends and correlations in your data. This enables anyone, even those who aren’t inclined to build reports, to discover new things about their data and empower them to make business decisions based off these insights. We’ve enriched 2 of these insights, Trend and Correlation, by adding a trend line to make them even more intuitive so you can quickly spot the meaning behind the data.


Gauge and area charts in Q&A

Q&A is another easy to way to find insights in your data; all you have to do is ask a question! When you ask questions in Q&A, we automatically give you answers using the visual we believe best shows the data. However, if you have a certain visual in mind you can always specify it by adding “as bar chart” (or any other visual type we support) to the end of your question.

Previously we didn’t support this feature with the gauge or area charts, but now you can use those right alongside any of our other visual types. To use these visuals, just add “as area chart” or “as gauge” to the end of your question.

q&a area chart

Improved auto-complete for Q&A

We are continuously improving the user experience in Q&A and one of our recent improvements is to the auto-complete experience. Now when you start typing your questions into Q&A, you will see auto-complete happening after just a few characters.

q&a suggest few characters

Additionally, we will suggest visuals for you to change the visual type to after you type “as” at the end of your question.

q&a suggest visuals

That’s all until the Data Insights Summit. Don’t forget to check back on March 22 and 23 for some exciting news! And in the meantime, please vote for other features that you would like to see in the Power BI service in the future.