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Add a "snap to grid" like functionality to Power BI Desktop

Creating a clean, consistent layout in reports is very difficult in the Power BI desktop tool. Please consider adding a customizable layout grid that objects can snap to like PowerPoint. Thanks!

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      • Jared Knutzen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Love this feature, but really need the ability to change the size of the grid to make it more/less dense depending on my scenario. I haven't really used the feature because the default spacing is not useful for me.

      • Joost ten Kattelaar commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I love that this feature has been added, but it's too constrained right now. The fact that you cannot edit the grid-size is really weird. Also, the fact that the top-bar of the visual is outside the bounds of the visual, means that you don't see it when you have Visuals that are right above eachother.

      • Dominic Locas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Love the improvement in October release, however there's one little detail missing.

        When moving objects around, I need to see the borders of the other objects, otherwise it's not clear if I'm overlapping.

        Couple ways this could be done:
        1- Prevent overlapping
        2- When "Show gridlines" is checked, the borders of all objects are visible
        3- When dragging an object all the borders of all objects are visible

      • Ryan Beesley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Kim Glad to see Snap-to-grid implemented. My only gripe is that the default visualization placement is a 280x280 tile with a 10px x-axis margin and a 20px y-axis margin. The default is therefore out of sync with the experimental feature. I created an Excel calculator to help me understand what the original defaults were and to help me with alignment (so I could place 3 tiles at 150% and 2 at 100% and have everything align, as an example).

      • Mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agreed, I can't emphasize enough how important a grid is. This is my #1 change request.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Definitely a must. Would result in a much more "professional" looking product.
        Also something akin to format painter would really be useful for standardising charts and tables.

      • Jay Killeen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hey Kim, thanks for the update. Probably a good thing would be able to toggle to 'see the grid' if you need to aswell.

      • Michael Hawker commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This behavior should act like most other office products where things can snap to the other existing objects in the report (and you can get hints when you're centered between two other objects).

        It's also not just about moving the object but resizing it too. So, if I'm dragging a border, it should snap to other borders of objects and a buffer away from them. The tool should help people layout great reports.

        Another key to this is that the default headers for the controls have a lot of lines, but they don't all line up if you align the bounding boxes...

      • Martha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Actually, this is more needed in the reports than in the cloud version (can we call it Cloudia from now on. Power BI desktop or Power BI Cloudia.
        Anyways.. focus in the desktop version, this will help my customers a lot - thanks :)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Like this idea. Very much needed. It would be nice when a Visual is selected that the Format tab on the Ribbon had Width/Height sizing option that is in Microsoft Office apps (Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Beside the "Snap to Grid" function which is planned in order to produce clean and consisent layout, another related and important feature would be an update to the FORMAT PAINTER. Currently the format painter ONLY copies the FONT, BACKGROUND COLOR etc. It would be very helpful if the format painter could also copy the TILE SIZE. This would make it very easy to make all tiles of the same size, shape etc. Also, Unlike Excel or Word, the Format painter does not have a Double Click feature, which would retain the Format Painter until the escape key is pressed. Without this feature, one cannot apply the Format Painter to multiple tiles. Thanks.

      • Martha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ok.. where could we find a transparent grid to get into our reports as guide lines?

      • Martha commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes.. I am watching Miguel Mayers seminar.. he is telling about the grid lines, but there are no grid lines available.. (Miguel.. (?))

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