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  1. Option to FORMAT() values as numbers (not strings)

    The FORMAT() function should be extremely flexible for conditionally formatting measures based on slicers and so on. But right now not even chart visuals agree with it. Please fix it? Pretty please?

    150 votes
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  2. Protect .PBIX with password

    Allow to protect a pbix file with a password.

    179 votes
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  3. Support excel workbooks encrypted using Azure Information Protection

    Power BI throws "corrupted data" error once we try to import the excel sheet which is marked as "Internal" under AIP.
    Please support this feature.

    7 votes
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  4. Deleting/copying/moving mutliple pages at once

    Allow for deletion/movement/selection of multiple pages at once, as you are able to in Excel. This is critical on reports that need to be revamped.

    72 votes
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  5. Menu for current file options in start screen

    Include a menu in the Power BI start screen in wich can select the options for current file

    9 votes
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  6. Show and edit selected measure in Table Model view

    It would be very handy to be able to select and edit the measure in formula row in the Table Model view. You often need to see all the relationships in place when authoring more sophisticated measures.

    19 votes
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  7. Drill-down/Drill-up to specific level in the hierarchy

    As of today if there are ten levels in hierarchy and if user wants to see data at the lowest level of hierarchy, ten clicks are needed to achieve that. User has to click on "Go to the next level in the hierarchy" option multiple times to reach the lowest level in the hierarchy or click on "Drill up" option multiple times to come back to the Top level. If there is an option to "Go to Level" and then we get an option to select a level from all the levels present in the hierarchy it would make it…

    6 votes
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  8. change picture option

    mimic functionality that exists in PowerPoint. This will allow a change of a picture within PowerBI Desktop and maintain all attributes (including selection and bookmark settings) of existing picture/image.

    I have embedded instructional manual as a picture on each page of a dashboard and whenever there is a change to the manual I have to change out the picture which requires a ton of changes to the bookmarks and selection panes.

    6 votes
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  9. Ability to rename (sub/grand) "Total" and move the totals to the beginning or end of the visual


    1. Power BI should allow users to rename the sub total/grand total names.

    This ability can provide the end users to understand at a glance what the total actually represnts rather than looking into other details.


    1. Matrix/table visuals should be flexible enough to move the totals to beginning or end of the values section.

    This helps in most cases where the end users want a "Total and breakdown" kind of structure, like for example, totals by Fiscal year in the beginning and break down by quarter

    24 votes
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  10. Edit Interactions to include Filter Pane

    Expand the Edit Interactions functionality to include the new Filter Pane Visual/Page/Report filters.

    eg I would be able to pre-filter the values for just the Page Level Filters from a slicer.

    Currently, no visuals affect the Filter Pane items. So this would be a big improvement in usability for the Filter Pane.

    22 votes
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  11. Desktop Installer command line options incl silent install

    The MSI installer supports command line switches such as silent install (eg msiexec.exe ... /passive ACCEPT_EULA=1).

    With the announced end-of-life of the MSI, the only option is to use the EXE installer that doesn't currently support options. Installation thus is user interactive unless re-packaged.

    Please supply an installer that can work silently.

    6 votes
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  12. Conditional Formatting for Text

    It would be great to conditional format a table and/or a matrix based on the cell text, not only numbers

    1,819 votes
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  13. Allow Power BI Desktop to Create Perspectives (Similar to Power Pivot, SSAS)

    Perspectives are an incredibly useful feature for complex models for end-users. For a complex model, there can be 50+ Tables with 100s of Columns and Measures (sometimes 1000+). This can be overwhelming for a new user who would connect to the Data Model to create their own reports (either using Power BI or Excel).

    Adding the ability to create Perspectives in Power BI Desktop (similar to Power Pivot, SSAS) would be a big help.

    Perspectives allow end-users to connect to a "slice" of the Model, making it easier to understand and work with. Thus aiding with the widespread adoption and…

    91 votes
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  14. Ability to show/hide visual level filter in Filter Pane with fewer clicks

    Currently the Filter Pane includes a filter in the "Filter on this visual" for every visual included in a report by default. It is very time consuming to go to each report, click on every visual and then set the hide option for each visual level filter on the Filter Pane.

    The ability for the developer to show/hide visual level filter items from the Filter Pane with fewer clicks would be ideal.

    This could be accomplished by adding an option to the popup when you click the … next to "Filters on this visual" and list it with "Filter pane"…

    19 votes
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  15. Hierarchical Axis Improvements

    When a date field is used as the x-axis in a bar chart (in a hierarchy format, with concatenate labels turned off), I can click the "Expand all down one level in the hierarchy" drilling button to drill down into the hierarchy, and all items at the next level are grouped nicely into their parent labels, as shown in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1kTTQARvVs

    It would be great if this functionality extended to other hierarchies as well, and not just dates.

    Currently, we can add categorical fields to a bar chart and then add a date hierarchy at the very end and…

    4 votes
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  16. Add tooltips for decomposition tree

    Please add tooltips to the fabulous decomp tree visual.

    For example, I have a chart that shows a measure of cycle time. THe decomp visual does a great job at allowing the users to drill into what's driving that number, but often times there maybe a very low volume item that is significantly driving the measure. I don't care if a product has a really long cycle time if it's not material in the overall calculation.

    Specifically, looking at median measures. I need to understand the volume of each item. An easy way to do this is via a tooltip.

    5 votes
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  17. Click and Drag to Select Multiple Objects and Allow Nudge

    Similar to the other Microsoft products, it'd be great if we could click and drag the mouse to select multiple object on a page. Then, once multiple are selected, allow us to nudge them with the arrow keys all at the same time. Right now, we have to click one at a time and nudge one at a time. Oftentimes, I have many items I've already spent time aligning and then I need to nudge them and I have to do it one at a time.

    230 votes
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  18. Simplify conditional formatting options for Less than and Greater than

    The conditional formatting user interface is very confusing if you want to do a simple less than or greater than. e.g less than zero red flag, greater than zero green flag.

    Please add a switch at the top to do a simple less than, equal to , greater than scenario

    I wrote an article with screenshots here... (it covers Excel at the start but goes on to show the problem with Power BI)

    ttps://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-use-icons-sets-power-bi-excel-wyn-hopkins

    4 votes
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  19. Bulk creation of measures in PBI Desktop

    The ability to create/edit measures in bulk for different fields is required.The ability to bulk creation would not just be a time-saver, but would help refine all Reports.

    7 votes
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  20. (Real) Dual axis charts

    It would be nice to be able to create dual axis charts and not the combo chart, to be able to drop more than one value on an axis and synchronize those axes. It would also be good to be able to control the type of mark in this instance so you could have one bar and one hash mark. Stephen Few would be happy cause we could create bullet charts (yeah those custom visuals really don't work and have bugs)

    195 votes
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