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  1. Ability to create display folders in Power BI Workspaces

    As Power BI becomes more widely used, the number of dashboards and reports in my workspace (and the group workspaces I'm a part of) are rapidly increasing. Within any workspace, it's overwhelming and confusing to navigate between reports and dashboards due to the sheer volume of items.

    Please add an ability to create display folders in the Power BI service. Ideally these folders could contain reports, dashboards, and datasets - they would not be asset-specific. This would allow me to group content by subject areas or clients, rather than by content type. Within any given display folder, the content can…

    644 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Ability to move/copy report/dashboards between Group Workspaces

      Be able to copy or move reports and dashboards between Group Workspaces, removing the need to re-publish a report and/or rebuild a dashboard.

      294 votes
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        7 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Export to Power Point

        Export / Print Reports from web to Power Point

        116 votes
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          started  ·  6 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Date Format Problem with Streaming Data Set

          Having a pbi streaming data set (with history) with a column of type datetime (filled by a stream analytics output). Power BI Portal Language is set to "German". But display in pbi report table is still in format: mm/dd/yyyy. What I need is: dd/mm/yyyy. I don't see any possiblity get the desired date format based on a streaming dataset? (Content in the colum of the datetime looks like: "2016-12-05T16:27:27.926Z")

          To be able to set a locale in a Report or Dashboard like in SSRS would be handy but any other solution to the described problem is very welcome!

          112 votes
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          • password protect Power BI publish links

            Power BI publish is a very good option for sharing rapidly reports specialy with people who doen't have PBI or never heard of it. But the acces to report must be password protected to secure the data.

            58 votes
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              2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Auditing of user activity available for report/dashboard owners

              All user activities in Power BI should be logged for auditing purposes, including datasets accessed, reports/dashboards accessed, data exports performed. Data should be available to report/dashboard owner and not just Power BI administrators. The audit data should be accessible as a dataset to build reports against as well as easily exportable / downloadable.

              43 votes
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              • Add a default role for row level security

                I want to be able to assign all users (including new ones) to a default role in RLS. Currently I have to assign each user to the role manually, and update the roles manually when users change.

                This limits the ability to use RLS with a larger user base.

                39 votes
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                • Export PowerBI Desktop to Excel

                  Include formatting, complete set of rows etc

                  31 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Automated exporting of PowerPoint files from Dashboards, Reports

                    This is with regards to the new Export to PowerPoint Feature.
                    We would like to have this automated.
                    For instance, every 30th, a background job should kick in and automatically, generate the PowerPoint slides of certain Power BI Dashboards or Reports and save it in a folder or send it as an e-mail to a few people. This will be a great feature. Let us know.

                    Is this possible?
                    Can we achieve this?

                    30 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Local hosting / Power BI Server on premises

                      Power BI is a quick on the Go tool. But some companies still do not trust the "in the Cloud" concept. Is their a way that you can host Power BI completely on a companies internal env.? With onsite Hosting server on premises?

                      30 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Export to CSV Time format

                        If I export a column with the time format to CSV, the time becomes a datetime field. A workaround is to rename the column and create a new calculated column with an explicit format function, but this creates extra unnecessary data and columns. Workaround source: http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Excel-time-format-h-mm-ss-on-power-BI/m-p/48372#M19141

                        28 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Data Category for other protocols ("file://", "ftp://", "ms-windows-store://" and others)

                          PowerBI should also treat other protocols as a hyperlink not just ones that start with "http://"

                          Examples:
                          http://
                          ms-windows-store://
                          ftp://
                          etc.

                          Maybe there should be a "Protocol" or "Hyperlink" Data Category

                          27 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Slicer Search - Add "Select All Results" option

                            The basic Slicer in power bi already has a search feature. My request is to add a way to select all search results in one click. For example, say I search a text column in the slicer for all values with "ipad" and I get 200+ results returned in the slicer. It would be super helpful if you could select all 200+ results in one click since selecting one-by-one is so tedious.

                            26 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Save a PBIX file without data

                              It would be handy to have the ability to work on PBIX files with very large datasets locally and then upload them elsewhere without including all the data - just the definitions.

                              Once uploaded you would obviously need to refresh the data but this would be much more efficient - particularly when using asymmetric network connections with slow up speeds.

                              23 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • New Workspace roles is needed. It would be nice to be able to distinguish between Administrator , dataset admin, report and dashboard admin

                                besides the Admin and Reader member role, it would be great in addition to the two mentioned roles to have a dataset admin and a report and dashboard admin.
                                the dataset admin should be able to control the dataset and download the .pbix file and edit it.
                                the report admin should only be able create and alter reports and dashboards, but should not be able to download the pbix. file

                                23 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • esri

                                  ESRI maps need the following enhancements: 1) Allow more/unlimited plotting of points 2) Allow control over the size of the markers 3) Allow formatting of the marker border or elimination of marker borders. When trying to plot numerous values on a map, the large markers overlap each other and cause poor graphical coloring due to the different color border around the marker during overlap. Additionally, the number of markers that can be plotted is not enough.

                                  18 votes
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                                  • Audit log improvements

                                    With the increasing user base for PowerBI, it would be nice to capture below details in the audit logs for better management.
                                    * Session log in timestamp
                                    * Session close/log out timestamp
                                    * Location of the User
                                    * Session duration
                                    * User actions on the dashboard like actions on slicers, page visits, page filters, report filters, data exports, time spent on each page etc.,

                                    17 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Stop reformatting slicers in Power BI Online. Keep them the way they are in Desktop.

                                      At some point in the last month, all the slicers my team has in Power BI online were reformatted, removing the line under the slicer title. This makes the slicers aesthetically less pleasing and also more difficult to read. It would be nice to have the slicers online look the way they do in the desktop version again.

                                      15 votes
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                                      • Remove header space above textbox

                                        The header or handle above a textbox should not take up extra vertical space like every visual. This extra vertical space makes it difficult to use textboxes as labels throughout the page. Consider a report page with a lot of visuals that have been meticulously positioned and aligned along with textboxes for labels, each having extra white space above them. Overlapping multiple visuals is cumbersome and confusing for users.
                                        If I need to add a title in the top of the page, the space above the textbox is wasted.

                                        15 votes
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                                        • R package igraph

                                          The R package igraph used for network analysis is not supported in Power BI Services, according to this list: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-r-visuals/
                                          The package is a must have, when reporting statistics and insights regarding graphs and networks.

                                          15 votes
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