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  1. Improve Relationship Drag and Drop Experience

    In Power Pivot for Excel, when you drag and drop columns to create relationships, there experience is:
    1. Click and drag source column
    2. Hover over destination table
    3. The receiving column on the destination table is highlighted to indicate which column will receive the join.

    In Power BI Desktop, item 3 above is missing. It makes it ambiguous how the join will be made (and a poor user experience). Please add a visual confirmation to the user which column will receive the join during drag and drop.

    419 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Time Zone Conversion Accounting for Daylight Savings Time (DST)

      We need a way to display data in our local timezone accounting for daylight savings time. The data source stores the dates in UTC but we need reports to show local time. A native and easy way to do this in PowerBI would be a huge help. There are many blog posts and help articles floating around with solutions people have attempted but it's a simple issue that so many users would benefit from having solved centrally by PowerBI itself. Please consider!

      132 votes
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        15 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Stop Executing Queries Multiple Times

        I create a query in Power BI Desktop against a data source. Power BI Desktop insists on executing it multiple (usually three) times. This makes Desktop slow and for back-end data sources exerts additional load that can also incur additional costs.

        Note: I am not talking about the scenario where a query is referred to multiple times in M, rather just a simple query loaded into one table in the data model. I assume the engine is checking data types, etc - but the current approach is very slow/painful. Optimisation is needed!

        8 votes
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        • Change data types and other formatting functionality with SAP HANA DirectQuery

          The SAP HANA DirectQuery does not support data prep features like changing data types as well as other formatting changes. Without the ability to prep the SAP HANA data with DirectQuery, there is no way to leverage SAP HANA's real-time data capability. Thus, whenever a user needs to change data, they are forced to use Import (a static data set).

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          • Quickly remove all columns containing only Null/Blank values

            The recently introduced Column Quality feature in the Query Editor allows us to identify Valid, Error and Empty values in each column.

            It would be great if we could quickly and easily remove all columns that only contain Null/Blank values.

            I recently had a situation where I'd loaded a table containing 100 or so columns into the Query Editor and I had to manually work through these removing all such columns - which was at least half of them.

            Having such a feature avaialble in the Query Editor wold be fantastic, and it may also be useful to have something…

            5 votes
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            • Identify missing join values

              Recently some Column Quality and Column Distribution checks have been introduced into the Query Editor, which are great.

              A useful addition would be identifying Foreign Key values for which there's no corresponding Primary Key. A simple and common example of this would be identifying Customers who appear in the Sales fact table who don't appear in the Customer dimension table.

              The join created by the developer would identify the Foreign/Primary Key relationship, and perhaps any such orphaned Fact table records could be highlighted against the join itself.

              Currently such occurrences of this will usually result in Sales values posted against…

              6 votes
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              • Data Profiling

                Data Profiling similar to what is offered in tools like Talend Data Preparation Tool. You can select a column for example and it gives you quick insights on (Invalid data, empty rows, summary statistics on the column, a frequency distribution of all value sin the column, if the column is an integer data field it will give a nice box plot summarizing the data distribution)

                55 votes
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                • Composite Models for Power BI Data Sets

                  I often get requests that are derivates of already released reports, but require small tweaks, such as a new dimension to be added to answer. Being able to add composite table to a live data set connection would enable me to more effectively re-use my work, as I wouldn't have to start my project in an already complex pbix file. just a live connection, a look up table an a blank canvas.

                  17 votes
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                  • Apps - One Workspace, Multiple Apps

                    Apps are really good and perfect for distributing to particular people/departments within the organization.

                    Although I think that it would be better if for example, the BI Development Team could have one workspace where the reports are published but then able to distribute reports to either one or multiple Apps.

                    This would allow for less duplication of .pbix files and datasets and of course making it easier to maintain reports within the organization and that all are looking at the same data.

                    17 votes
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                    • Text wrap the display within Advanced Editor

                      Text wrapping on a line-by-line basis within Advanced Editor. Currently you have to manually enter a carriage return and tab it over to format.

                      3 votes
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                      • COUNTIF in DAX Language

                        A COUNTIF is sorely missed in DAX.

                        (The workaround with CALCULATE and FILTER is too cumbersome and complex for most users)

                        3 votes
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                        • FORMAT function to return Decimal Type

                          The FORMAT / FIXED function allows you to dynamically set the formatting of a decimal field within the DAX formula itself. So its great if you have variable number of decimals or formats you wish to display values in.

                          HOWEVER The FORMAT function returns text.
                          If the function is used to format a Decimal, Text cannot be aggregated, cannot be used for data bars or sorted in the way a decimal would.

                          Converting the TEXT back to a decimal using VALUE removes the dynamic control over the display and moves formatting reliance back to the Modelling Tab. Any flexibility in…

                          2 votes
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                          • Add Phone Number as a data type or category

                            Adding a phone number as a data type or category so that Power BI can easily interact and manipulate phone numbers into different display formats

                            Ex:
                            (123)-456-7890
                            (123) - 456 - 7890
                            123.456.7890
                            1234567890

                            And treat all the same so that if a user searches using one of those formats, no matter how the data is actually stored that it can find anyone of them.

                            Could also map the area code to geographical locations too

                            2 votes
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                            • Dax formatting Button in coding place ,

                              Actually Dax language is not case sensitive, so the learning people cant keep spaces, commas, etc in proper format. In order to keep the proper format of Dax it will be good if a button is placed within the coding place to format the code, this will help the beginners.
                              After completion of the coding, select the code and on pressing the button it should get formatted. Currently, people are using the diffrent application and online for that use. The probem with this is that it is time consuming . I think this is most helpful for beginners. Thank you

                              2 votes
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                              • Save CSV via r script run in power query in power bi service

                                I have an r script to exports a staging query of historical data to CSV. This works fine in power bi desktop. It would be great if this was capable once published. Currently get zero errors, however no export to be found.
                                I am trying to use this to retain past power bi refresh history as the API is only returning recent results.

                                5 votes
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                                • Export to csv or Excel

                                  Please, when exporting in csv delimit by semicolon, because when exporting monetary value with cents, when using text for columns in excel it is difficult to work the data today being delimited by comma.

                                  5 votes
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                                  • Allow the user to change the default format for different data types and create custom formats (similar to custom formats in Excel).

                                    Allow the user to change the default format for different data types and create custom formats (similar to custom formats in Excel).

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Editing a formula in the formula bar should preserve newlines, not replace with #(lf)

                                      Using the Power Query formula bar to edit something like this:

                                      = (_TimelineWithParent as any) => let
                                      Initial = _TimelineWithParent,
                                      #"Add initial pidx" = Table.DuplicateColumn(Initial, "parentIndex", "pidx"),
                                      <etc>

                                      Might result in:

                                      let
                                      Source = #!"(_TimelineWithParent as any) => let#(lf) Initial = _TimelineWithParent,#(lf) #""Add initial pidx"" <etc>

                                      That is a heavily escaped string that now only looks right in the formula bar.

                                      Formula bar and Advanced Editor should always agree...

                                      2 votes
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                                      • Disable "see records"

                                        There should be an option to disable "see records" for the graphics that support it. It is a huge issue when it comes to security. I know you can hide certain columns but in reports that should only be high level data, the see records item is really an issue.

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Display 'Measure Tables' icon in new Relationship View

                                          This is a touch pedantic and minor adjustment. In the new relationship view the icons in the 'Fields' section do not indicate if a table is 'Measures Only' or a 'Calculated Table'. It would be helpful if these icons are maintained when looking in the new model view.

                                          4 votes
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