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  1. Pivot tables and breakdown trees

    The current version of Power BI visualsation framework does not support access to the previous levels in a drill-down. I.e. you only get access to the current level when rendering. That makes it very hard to develop visualizations such as pivot tables or breakdown trees. Make this possible and I would gladly submit a stable version of my Breakdown Trees :).

    140 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Better Date Range filters

      The timeline slicer (Custom Visualization) functions, but it is not a friendly tool. If I quickly want to select a "Start" and "End" date for a date range, it would be more helpful to have a popup calendar with an optional freeform text box for both the "Start" and "End" date ranges.

      1,925 votes
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        40 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Conditional formatted measures using SWITCH

        A current limitation in Power BI SWITCH measures (and all Power Pivot actually) is that a SWITCH measure must have a single format. It is currently not possible to conditionally format the measure result based on any criteria - it is one single format only. There are valid use cases where you may want to change the format of the SWITCH measure depending on the result. Consider the following SWITCH statement
        myMeasure = SUMX(MeasureTable,switch([selected measure],
        1,[Total Sales],
        2,[Total Cost],
        3,[Total Margin],
        4,[Chg Sales vs LY %]
        ))
        The first 3 results are all currency format, but the last result is…

        246 votes
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          11 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Change X and Y axis labels manually, similar to Excel

          I think you should be able to type whatever you want into the X and Y axis to make up the title for them.
          This seems like a simple feature and works really well in Excel.

          When I have multiple fields in a chart the axis is long and ugly, where a simple edit should be available to shorten this down.

          354 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Better Auditing of User Activity (Datasets, Reports, Dashboards, Exports)

            ALL user activities in Power BI should be logged for auditing purposes, including datasets accessed, reports/dashboards accessed, and especially data exports performed. The audit data should be accessible as a dataset to build reports against as well as easily exportable / downloadable.

            1,469 votes
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              38 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Dropdown Component

              WE really need a normal dropdown component to complement the slicer. This would simplify immensely some layouts !

              1,124 votes
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                16 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow copy and paste between different PBIX's

                Often we need to expand on an idea from one report further and copy and paste visuals/pages from one PBIX to another. This would be a huge productivity and quality benefit.

                382 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • scheduled export of a report to pdf

                  It would be nice if there is an option to have a scheduled export of a report to PDF. A nice to have feature would be to directly e-mail it to people so they are being notified of the latest report.

                  831 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Can no longer filter a slicer

                    You used to be able to filter a slicer by changing it into a table, filtering it, then changing it back into a slicer. Now you can't do that. That was really handy, I used it all the time. Any substitute?

                    132 votes
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                      11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • When Blank() function is used in DAX it should return nothing instead of word (blank)

                      Why would we want the work (blank) shown if we specifically said in our formula to return Blank(). Also know as nothing, nada, zilch. There should be nothing shown if we say we want it to return Blank().

                      250 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Time intelligence base to improve value of YTD, MTD.....

                        Time intelligence is used frequently when creating reports and it’s a really strong feature, but it could be made even stronger if you had the option to change the base date for this.

                        Let’s imagine we have a report showing some year to date and last year to date values, if I open this report it will always show the values based on the current date, but very often around month, quarter or year change you would really like to view this result not including the values of e.g. the current month.

                        Let’s imagine that today’s date is May 11th…

                        344 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Drill to a report page

                          Ability to select/click a row on the table or chart and be able to contextually go to another report , with appropriate filters. This is only useful when we are able to hide the pages in the report and they appear only when something is(row or cell) selected on a table or similar chart.

                          425 votes
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                            11 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Dynamically specify Data Colour using column e.g #A66999.

                            The ability to provide specify the Data Colour for each item in the Legend field. E.g. a column from the data source in which to specify the colour e.g. #A66999 for each item in the Legend field.

                            This would apply to all the standard charts, e.g. bar, column, line chart, any of the charts with the Legend property.

                            374 votes
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                              under review  ·  10 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • conditional formatting in matrix

                              I need to have the possibility to add conditional formatting in Matrix chart as we can do in Cross table in Excel.
                              Thanks

                              70 votes
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                                5 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Export printable PDF from Power BI Desktop directly

                                Right now the only way to produce PDF files, or print dashboards is by uploading the data to powerbi.com and then performing those actions from there.

                                Unfortunately, some of us CAN'T upload the data due to IT restrictions on data use, and on top of that it's really inconvenient to have to upload data just to produce a PDF file or print a page.

                                Please add the ability to Power BI Desktop to produce PDF files directly. Without this I have a much harder time arguing the business case of Power BI, since most of the consumers of my reports…

                                368 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Custom Visuals Enabled every time Power BI Desktop launches

                                  The idea would be that Custom Visuals can be downloaded to a local desktop "library". Then, each time you launch Power BI, all Custom Visuals would be available along with the Default Visuals. Having to import the Custom Visual each time you create a new .PBIX file is a pain!

                                  34 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Easily change connection details

                                    We need an easy way to change the connection from a development to a production database, for example. At the moment you have to go into the queries in Power BI Desktop and manually update the steps for each table. It would be really useful to have a list of data sources used that you could update at deployment time.

                                    55 votes
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                                      3 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Usage statistics via REST

                                      The usage statistics need to be accessible via the PowerBI REST API.
                                      1. GET all Dashboards, Datasets, etc. of all Users.
                                      2. GET Reports, Tiles and Datasets to a Dashboard.
                                      3. GET Users who use what Dashboard most.
                                      4. GET the most used Tiles in a Dashboard.
                                      5. GET the most active Users.

                                      129 votes
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                                        2 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Advanced trend lines in charts (polynomial, exponential,...)

                                        Thank you for adding the linear trend line, however Power BI would be much more powerful with additional trend line functionality. We would love to see advanced options such as polynomial, exponential and logarithmic trend lines.

                                        Essentially the trend line functionality from excel would be perfect

                                        105 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • private publish to web

                                          Make the publish to web feature available to be used for private sites so that confidential information can also be shown.
                                          And please make the authentication method as flexible as possible

                                          1,783 votes
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                                            86 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            Thank you everyone who responded to my ask for input. Based on the comments, I see there are many folks looking for embedding in SharePoint. We have another idea tracking that (and work as started on it!), here’s the link:
                                            https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/6740156-embed-in-sharepoint-office365

                                            Would be interested to hear from the folks for whom embedding in SharePoint would not meet your needs, what else would be needed for a ‘private publish to web’. I see from the existing comments some directions we could take.

                                            Really appreciate you all taking your time to give us this feedback!
                                            -Lukasz

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