Power BI Ideas

How can we improve Power BI?

(thinking…)

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

If a similar idea already exists, you can support and comment on it.

If it doesn't exist, you can post your idea so others can support it.

Enter your idea and we'll search to see if someone has already suggested it.

  • Hot ideas
  • Top ideas
  • New ideas
  • My feedback
  1. Show email address or user name in usage metrics for dashboards and reports

    In the usage metrics for dashboards and reports, show the names and/or email addresses of the end users.

    FYI: The current usage metrics feature is documented here:
    https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-usage-metrics/

    492 votes
    Sign in
    Check!
    (thinking…)
    Reset
    or sign in with
    • facebook
    • google
      Password icon
      I agree to the terms of service
      Signed in as (Sign out)

      We’ll send you updates on this idea

      30 comments  ·  Adoption  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Pass filter in URL (Power BI Report Server)

      It would be great if it would be possible to pass filters in the URL of the report on the report server (as it is already possible in Power BI online)

      302 votes
      Sign in
      Check!
      (thinking…)
      Reset
      or sign in with
      • facebook
      • google
        Password icon
        I agree to the terms of service
        Signed in as (Sign out)

        We’ll send you updates on this idea

        34 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        As promised, we’ve added basic filtering of Power BI reports via URL parameters, similar to the Power BI service feature described here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-url-filters/.

        For example, if you’ve embedded a Power BI report into another app using an iframe and a URL like the following:

        https://reportserver/reports/powerbi/Store Sales?rs:Embed=true

        Then you can specify additional filters using the “filter” URL parameter:

        https://reportserver/reports/powerbi/Store Sales?rs:Embed=true&filter= Store/Territory eq ‘NC’ and Store/Chain eq ‘Fashions Direct’

        Syntax: URL?filter=Table/Field eq ‘value’

        The same restrictions that apply to the Power BI service apply to the Report Server as well:
        - Table and Field names are case sensitive, value is not.
        - Fields that are hidden from report view can still be filtered.
        - Value has to be enclosed with single quotes.
        - Field type has to be string.
        - Table and field names cannot have any spaces.

      • Save Power BI report to Report Server with data source other than Analysis Services

        At the moment it is only possible to save a Power BI report with data source Analysis Services to the Report Server. With any other data source you get a error, that only Analysis Services is supported. Please add the possibility to save reports with other data sources to Report Server.

        205 votes
        Sign in
        Check!
        (thinking…)
        Reset
        or sign in with
        • facebook
        • google
          Password icon
          I agree to the terms of service
          Signed in as (Sign out)

          We’ll send you updates on this idea

          20 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          With Power BI Report Server (October 2017), released earlier this week, you can now:
          - Import data from any Power BI Desktop data source
          - Schedule data refresh or connect in “DirectQuery” mode for many of the most-used data sources (see data source support: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/documentation/reportserver-data-sources/)

          Read the blog post: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/new-version-of-power-bi-report-server-now-available/

          Thanks to all of you who tried the August 2017 Preview and shared your feedback!

        • Change column labels/names in the visual

          It would be great if we could change columns labels/names in the standard visuals (Table & Matrixes mainly). In our company we have a data warehouse build to support the PowerBI tabular model with the data. The field names in the data model are not the most intuitive to our PowerBI End User. It could be great if we could change the way the field labels are shown in our tables to be more intuitive and meaningful without needing to change the field names in the data model.

          1,530 votes
          Sign in
          Check!
          (thinking…)
          Reset
          or sign in with
          • facebook
          • google
            Password icon
            I agree to the terms of service
            Signed in as (Sign out)

            We’ll send you updates on this idea

            136 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Power BI Report Server - File size hosting ... Increase the Maximum file size

            Currently File size to host on Power BI Report Server (on premise) is 100MB.

            Please Increase the maximum file size to 2GB if possible.

            Note:
            1) I asked the question in the forum: https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Report-Server/Power-BI-Report-Server-Excel-file-size-hosting-How-to-Increase/m-p/260648

            2) For SharePoint 2013, we can do like ... https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/sammykailini/2013/11/06/how-to-increase-the-maximum-upload-size-in-sharepoint-2013/

            12 votes
            Sign in
            Check!
            (thinking…)
            Reset
            or sign in with
            • facebook
            • google
              Password icon
              I agree to the terms of service
              Signed in as (Sign out)

              We’ll send you updates on this idea

              0 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              Thanks for your feedback! With the Power BI Report Server update released earlier this week, we’ve enhanced the report server to support upload and storage of much larger files, increased the default file size limit to 1 GB, and allowed you to increase it further to 2 GB if you like.

            • Apply the same filter across multiple pages

              I have a report that requires more than one page in the mobile view. The problem is both pages should reflect the same filters. I do not expect users to select the same filters again and again; the filters should be selected on the first page and apply to all subsequent pages.

              This idea was previously posted under the heading "Make filters that can apply across all pages in a report". However, it will not longer accept votes as it is marked as completed. Is an option available to apply page level filters from the report/dashboard to subsequent pages?

              227 votes
              Sign in
              Check!
              (thinking…)
              Reset
              or sign in with
              • facebook
              • google
                Password icon
                I agree to the terms of service
                Signed in as (Sign out)

                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                11 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                We are very happy to announce that filters are now available in phone reports.
                You can read about phone reports filters here – https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/filters-coming-for-phone-reports-on-ios/
                Even though it doesn’t meet the specific ask for a report level slicer, page level reports offer the same functionality in an easy and friendly way.
                We hope you like this addition to the Power BI mobile apps and encourage you to experience it and provide us with feedbacks.

              • Custom Viz access to the previous levels in a drill-down

                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.

                This would let custom viz developers add thing like pivot tables and Breakdown Trees :)

                [This idea was created as an offshoot of https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/15844186-pivot-tables-and-breakdown-trees. Fredrik had initially asked for updates to the Custom Viz API, but many votes and comments were cast assuming the idea was just asking for the Power BI team to…

                2,967 votes
                Sign in
                Check!
                (thinking…)
                Reset
                or sign in with
                • facebook
                • google
                  Password icon
                  I agree to the terms of service
                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                  111 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Hi,
                  Drill-down for custom visuals is now supported in the framework, so any developer can update their custom visual code to add drill-down support (where applicable).

                  Here is the announcement with the details: https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Custom-Visuals-Community-Blog/Visual-API-1-6-and-Drill-down-capability-available/ba-p/190457

                  Documentation is on GitHub: https://github.com/Microsoft/PowerBI-visuals/blob/master/Capabilities/Drilldown.md

                • Disable Download buttons in Power BI Report Server

                  Within Power BI Report server there is a download drop down menu in the top right corner of the page which offers options to download "Power BI Desktop", "Mobile Report Publisher", "Report Builder" and "Power BI Mobile".

                  There needs to be an option to disable these. Ideally at a granular level but at the very least the option to disable the actual drop down menu.

                  This would allow for a clean interface and the removal of options that our end users do not need and cannot actually use as they are not allowed to install applications.

                  51 votes
                  Sign in
                  Check!
                  (thinking…)
                  Reset
                  or sign in with
                  • facebook
                  • google
                    Password icon
                    I agree to the terms of service
                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                    0 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We’re happy to report that we’ve added the option to hide the Download menu in SSRS 2017 (now generally available: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlrsteamblog/2017/10/02/sql-server-2017-reporting-services-now-generally-available/) and to our upcoming release of Power BI Report Server as well (targeting this quarter — Q4 CY 2017). Just set the system property ShowDownloadMenu=False (you can use SQL Server Management Studio to manage system properties).

                    We happened to be making an update to the Download menu, and with this feedback in mind, took the opportunity to add this option. As you can see, your feedback really does influence the product. Thanks!

                  • Enable e-mail subscriptions for Power BI apps

                    Enable e-mails subscriptions for dashboards and reports that were sourced from Power BI apps

                    31 votes
                    Sign in
                    Check!
                    (thinking…)
                    Reset
                    or sign in with
                    • facebook
                    • google
                      Password icon
                      I agree to the terms of service
                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                      2 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dynamic Parameters for What if analysis

                      [Will Thompson] I've just merged a couple of very close scenarios, which all have similar great ideas! Something we're considering for the future, so I'm keen to hear your feedback on this. I like this core scenario of a numeric value that is bound to a slider control, and can then be used as part of some expression.

                      - In a sales report, I can adjust a '% increase' slider to see what impact a small change in revenue might have had on my sales.
                      - In a mortgage calculator, I can change the % rate, borrowed amount and term to see projected…

                      1,287 votes
                      Sign in
                      Check!
                      (thinking…)
                      Reset
                      or sign in with
                      • facebook
                      • google
                        Password icon
                        I agree to the terms of service
                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                        85 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi everyone! I’m pleased to say this is available in the August update of Power BI Desktop. You can create a table that is bound to a slicer to select a value, and use that value in your calculations.

                        At the moment it’s not supported in Live Connect mode over SSAS models – if you have a requirement for that scenario please vote here: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/20558389-enable-what-if-parameters-with-analysis-services

                      • Using Custom Authentication (Form) for Power BI Server

                        At the moment I can't save a pbix on the server, if the server is configured with a custom authentication (form). Even if it would be possible the live connection to ssas would not work because there would be no AD User behind the authentication. Additionally it would be necessary to define the ssas connection with a different (fixed) user.

                        15 votes
                        Sign in
                        Check!
                        (thinking…)
                        Reset
                        or sign in with
                        • facebook
                        • google
                          Password icon
                          I agree to the terms of service
                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                          2 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                          Thanks for your feedback. The June 2017 release of Power BI Report Server does work with custom authentication extensions (the May 2017 Preview didn’t). Although Power BI Desktop doesn’t support this authentication method, you can save your *.pbix file to local disk and then upload it to the Report Server web portal.

                          (On this topic, while we support SQL Server Reporting Services-based custom authentication/authorization extensions today, we hope to invest in OpenID Connect/OAuth in future as a more modern approach to extensible authentication/authorization.)

                        • Dynamic date slicer

                          The new date slicer is awesome, but it would be so nice if you could set a dynamic date selection instead of a static. With a static filter the user will always have to set the dates before the saved report makes sense - especially as the report gets older.

                          Dynamic options could be
                          YTD, QTD, MTD, WTD, Today, This Year, This Quarter, This Month, This Week and so on.

                          984 votes
                          Sign in
                          Check!
                          (thinking…)
                          Reset
                          or sign in with
                          • facebook
                          • google
                            Password icon
                            I agree to the terms of service
                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                            50 comments  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Improve dashboard/report usage metrics report performance

                            The dashboard/report usage metrics can take >10s to load in certain cases. Please improve the performance of the report.

                            FYI: the documentation for the current feature can be found here:
                            https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-usage-metrics/

                            31 votes
                            Sign in
                            Check!
                            (thinking…)
                            Reset
                            or sign in with
                            • facebook
                            • google
                              Password icon
                              I agree to the terms of service
                              Signed in as (Sign out)

                              We’ll send you updates on this idea

                              1 comment  ·  Analytics  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Add Drill Through Function to PBI Report Server

                              Since PBI desktop has already released drill through function in Septemper's release, we thought it is such a wonderful design and it helps our work so much.
                              Could it be included in next release of On Premise PBI desktop and Report Server? Or how long would both desktop versions(vs report server) be consistent?
                              We really looking forward for this updates.

                              3 votes
                              Sign in
                              Check!
                              (thinking…)
                              Reset
                              or sign in with
                              • facebook
                              • google
                                Password icon
                                I agree to the terms of service
                                Signed in as (Sign out)

                                We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                0 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 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 :).

                                2,966 votes
                                Sign in
                                Check!
                                (thinking…)
                                Reset
                                or sign in with
                                • facebook
                                • google
                                  Password icon
                                  I agree to the terms of service
                                  Signed in as (Sign out)

                                  We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                  110 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Gateway diagnostics / performance tracking

                                  Currently there seems to be no real logging or diagnostics information available from the Enterprise gateway.

                                  Would be helpful levels of diagnostic logging were possible and also performance tracking details of what the gateway is doing

                                  17 votes
                                  Sign in
                                  Check!
                                  (thinking…)
                                  Reset
                                  or sign in with
                                  • facebook
                                  • google
                                    Password icon
                                    I agree to the terms of service
                                    Signed in as (Sign out)

                                    We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                    0 comments  ·  Gateways (Enterprise and Personal)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Power BI Embedded - Connection to Analysis Services Tabular

                                    Please provide the ability to connect to Analysis Services (Tabular) from Power BI Embedded

                                    128 votes
                                    Sign in
                                    Check!
                                    (thinking…)
                                    Reset
                                    or sign in with
                                    • facebook
                                    • google
                                      Password icon
                                      I agree to the terms of service
                                      Signed in as (Sign out)

                                      We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                      5 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      As of June 2017,
                                      The Power BI service and Power BI Embedded came together to offer a single API for embedding your dashboards and reports.
                                      This means you now have one API surface, a consistent set of capabilities and access to the latest Power BI features – such as dashboards, gateways and app workspaces – when embedding your content.

                                      You can read more about it here- https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-developer-embedding/

                                      For those who work with the Power BI Embedded Workspace Collection solution, we built a migration tool for easier data transition.
                                      See more info here- https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-developer-migrate-tool/

                                    • Allow PowerBI mobile app to open local files

                                      Hi, Power BI allows us to create great insights supporting our daily jobs. While we can use the desktop version in my company, we have a security issue with publishing to Cloud. Data protection is heavily focused.
                                      To avoid breaking any internal rules on data protection, we would definitely benefit from option where PowerBI mobile would allow users to open local files without having them pushed to Cloud via Publish function in PBI desktop.
                                      Viewing local files works great with Word/Excel/PowerPoint on mobile.
                                      Thanks for considering / reply

                                      Gab

                                      115 votes
                                      Sign in
                                      Check!
                                      (thinking…)
                                      Reset
                                      or sign in with
                                      • facebook
                                      • google
                                        Password icon
                                        I agree to the terms of service
                                        Signed in as (Sign out)

                                        We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                        5 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        Power BI Report Server which was announced GA this month, enable users to use their iOS and Android Power BI mobile apps and connect to on premises servers to view Power BI reports, mobile reports and KPIs.

                                      • Relative Date Filter

                                        I love the new relative dates option in the Slicer visualization. However, we need this functionality in the Filters section of any given level: Visual, Page, Report.

                                        I want a user to come to a report that is already filtered on "Yesterday" or "Last Week" with no slicer visualization taking up precious space on the screen.

                                        18 votes
                                        Sign in
                                        Check!
                                        (thinking…)
                                        Reset
                                        or sign in with
                                        • facebook
                                        • google
                                          Password icon
                                          I agree to the terms of service
                                          Signed in as (Sign out)

                                          We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                          5 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Power BI Embedded to Azure Analysis Services

                                          Please provide the ability for Power BI Embedded to connect to Azure Analysis Services as a data source.

                                          21 votes
                                          Sign in
                                          Check!
                                          (thinking…)
                                          Reset
                                          or sign in with
                                          • facebook
                                          • google
                                            Password icon
                                            I agree to the terms of service
                                            Signed in as (Sign out)

                                            We’ll send you updates on this idea

                                            2 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                            As of June 2017,
                                            The Power BI service and Power BI Embedded came together to offer a single API for embedding your dashboards and reports.
                                            This means you now have one API surface, a consistent set of capabilities and access to the latest Power BI features – such as dashboards, gateways and app workspaces – when embedding your content.

                                            You can read more about it here- https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-developer-embedding/

                                            For those who work with the Power BI Embedded Workspace Collection solution, we built a migration tool for easier data transition.
                                            See more info here- https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-developer-migrate-tool/

                                          ← Previous 1 3 4 5 28 29
                                          • Don't see your idea?

                                          Power BI Ideas

                                          Feedback and Knowledge Base

                                          Ready to get started?

                                          Try new features of Power BI today by signing up and learn more about our powerful suite of apps.