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  1. Copy/Paste from Power BI Desktop

    Please allow Copy/Paste functionality from Power BI Desktop. We often need to recreate PBI reports in Excel just so we can Copy tables or charts and paste into PowerPoint or simply email it. Need stronger integration with other Office products. Copy/paste seems so basic.

    Note: Our company uses PBI Desktop and PBI Report Server (on SQL server) - cloud services are not an option because of Protected Health Information.

    1,162 votes
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      64 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • incremental refresh for Power BI Pro

      Enable Incremental Refresh for Power BI Pro users, not just Premium.

      706 votes
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        26 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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        Connect to SAP BW with single-sign-on via on-premise gateway

        Large SAP BW installations with thousands of users are often accessed via single-sign-on (SSO) e.g. the users windows credentials are used to authenticate to BW. SSO simplifies the user experience and reduces user administration costs. These users should be able to setup on-premise gateway connections that can be used to refresh data sets in the Power BI Service. The connections should leverage that individuals BW roles & authorizations and not require a BW password i.e. automatically associate the Power BI user ID to the associated SAP user ID.

        585 votes
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          47 comments  ·  Gateways (Enterprise and Personal)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Composite models when connected to SQL Server Analysis Services Tabular (SSAS)

          We really love the new feature of 'Composite Models' in the Power BI July 2018 update! This enables us to join custom lists with DirectQuery sources.

          It would also be beneficial if this would also work when connected to SSAS Tabular in DirectQuery.
          This would stronlgy improve the enterprise features of Power BI.

          213 votes
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            13 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Measure Management & DAX Editor

            Anyone who uses PowerBI long enough has had a PBIX with 50-60 measures and it has become time consuming and tedious to mantain. In Excel you can do a quick find/replace to edit several formulas - in PowerBI you need to select each one individually. An "excel-like" interface for editing measures would save a lot of time! This would take PowerBI to the next level regarding productivity. I've prepared a mockup for this as well as a DAX Editor. Let me know what you think.

            Mockup: https://i.imgur.com/z6TBOQb.png?1

            2,383 votes
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              49 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Hyperlink in Visuals

              You should be able to insert a hyperlink field into a visual so when a user selects on the visual, it can take them to the desired page.

              370 votes
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                9 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Organizing Measures into Categories using Folders

                Adding few measures to your data model in PowerBI could be easily managed, but what about adding tens or even hundreds of measures! Organizing those measure into categories using folders could help a lot.

                To show you what I exactly mean, I will demonstrate the alternative way to create those folders using empty tables:

                1. Select "Enter Data" from the Home ribbon > Change the column name to "Id" and choose the table name e.g. "_Financial Measures" (Create all the tables)
                2. Select "New Measure" from the Modeling ribbon (Or choose any shortcut) > Type and create a new measure…

                137 votes
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                  2 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Power BI collaborative development

                  allows multiple developers to work collaboratively on the same PBIX.

                  Idea could be separate back-end (advanced editor) and fron-end (modelling and report design) or allows the possibility to merge more than one pbix.

                  254 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Subscribe others to emails for reports or dashboards that have RLS

                    Power BI now allows users to subscribe others to emails for reports and dashboards. However, if RLS is applied to the dataset this is not possible. This idea will remove this restriction.

                    189 votes
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                      16 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Eraser for Search in Slicer gone if Header hidden

                      if you turn off the Header for a slicer with text in the field, the eraser vanishes from the Search box so there is no way to clear it. Turning on Titles doesn't fix it either. You must leave the Header on.

                      Seems like a bug.

                      111 votes
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                        3 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Hide Filters pane on Power BI Report Server

                        Is there any possiblity to hide Filters pane in Power BI Report server. We don't want to show the filters been used to external clients in our report for unnecessary discussion on calls.

                        Something like &filterPaneEnabled=false in Power BI Report Server

                        357 votes
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                          21 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • PowerBI Report - Scheduling and Send by Email on specific date and time

                          PowerBI Report - Scheduling and Send by Email on specific date and time for the particualr users .EX : Salary slip report should get generated on every month of 1 st date at some time for the group of employess.

                          319 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Export Report Server Power BI report to PDF

                            Please add the capability to export Report Server PowerBI reports to formats like pdf, word, powerpoint. Some of this functionality exists in the service but please add it to Report Server.

                            2,053 votes
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                              66 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                              Thanks for the feedback – we have this in our plans for the service and a future release of Power BI Report Server. I will update the status as soon as we’ve started work on this highly requested feature!

                            • New functionality "Sync Slicers" in Custom Visual visualizations.

                              I tested the "Sync Slicers" new functionality and it's a very good option but it doesn't work with a Custom Visual, for example, Chiclet Slicer. Chiclet Slicer is a Custom Visual visualizations widely used and it will be very important that this new functionality work in it well.

                              634 votes
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                                49 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Report page tooltip on all objects

                                New report page tooltip preview feature in the March update is great.

                                Would be nice if we had the option of adding this tooltip to visuals that previously didn't have a tooltip.

                                For example, I have a card visual. I'd like users to get one of these mini report pages pop-up when they hover over it but as this visual doesn't have a tooltip it can't be used.

                                Would be great if we can do this on other things like shapes and text boxes as well.

                                348 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • ability to rename a query item (field) in a dataset

                                  Power BI should be able to propagate changes in fields (eg. rename of 'customer_name' to 'customer_full_name') in a dataset to all the reports using this dataset in powerbi service.

                                  This functionality is essential if Power BI is to be used as a Self Service BI tool, which allows users to define their own reports based on the dataset.

                                  Currently a change of fieldname will cause existing reports to fail.

                                  possible solutions I can think of :
                                  1. every query item is identified by an internal id, and every report refers to this internal item id (instead of the item name).…

                                  150 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • IntelliSense Should Use Best Practice Column and Measure Naming Conventions

                                    There is a clearly defined and accepted best practice for referencing columns and measures in the DAX language.

                                    1. Column names should ALWAYS reference the table name.
                                    TableName[Column Name]
                                    2. Measures should NEVER reference the table name.
                                    [Measure Name]

                                    This is a fundamental concept accepted by everyone with knowledge of the DAX language (everyone I know anyway).

                                    IntelliSense in DAX sometimes follows this convention and sometimes it does not. I have created a short video (40 seconds) showing 3 examples. https://youtu.be/CvaRhKrnHRk

                                    There are other places where column names are appended to measure names too, such as inside Quick Measures, and…

                                    242 votes
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                                      5 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Published date

                                      Every report and dashboard pages should have a column for Date Published, modified and by who just like in Windows

                                      44 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow proper printing of Dashboards and report pages

                                        The lay-out of printed dashboards and report pages is lost when you print the page. Proper printing functionality is still missing (may 2018). In my humble opinion this should be a priority.

                                        143 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • copy data to clipboard

                                          Copy Data to Clipboard should be a simple right-click context menu capability --- as it has been in Tableau for years. Often, user wants data being displayed without going through export to CSV and import into Excel. Just simple copy-paste of data out of visual to clipboard to ... whatever intended ... is extremely useful.

                                          302 votes
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                                            8 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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