The ability to annotate a visualization, for example a chart or graph, would make both the dashboard and reports experience more robust.
Alexis Wellavize commented
- Ability for users to click any report visualisation, and add a free text annotation
- Ability for annotation to display as either tooltips (absolute position) or overlay
- Ability for users to toggle visibility of overlays/tooltips on/off
- Write-back capability to capture metadata - e.g. user making comment, date/time of annotation, selected filters, selected report/page, etc.
Michael Karlesky commented
Grafana has good annotation support. We would love something similar in Power BI.
To be clear, by annotations I am referring to adding time markers or time ranges (start + end timestamp) overlaid on visualizations having time on the x axis. These time markers include text that explain what happened at that moment in time.
In Grafana these are persistent vertical lines (with translucency between lines for ranges) that can selectively toggled. Clicking on an annotation marker displays a small popup with a specific timestamp, a title, and a description. Crucially, these can be populated by queries of event data. Something similar in Power BI beyond tooltips would be of great use.
Cathleen F. Crowley commented
Please add an annotation feature to Power BI. Annotations help viewers quickly understand main points in a chart. This is particularly powerful in dashboards that are made public. Here is an example of a Tableau chart with an annotation. https://public.tableau.com/profile/ccrowley#!/vizhome/Gasprices2000-2018forNewYork/Dashboard1
Denise Epifania commented
Have a comments pane where individual comments are ordered by the most recent at the top. When someone makes a comment there would be the ability/option to take a snapshot of the current/active content--allowing users to follow along with the comment.
Brian Searle commented
Craig Muldoon commented
With a tickbox or button to switch annotations on or off. This could be paired with bookmarks instead of buttons but the reset of filters with the change of bookmarks could be problematic.
Would be excellent to see this highly voted for thread combined with this PLANNED status (since 2016) thread: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/6768709-ability-to-add-feedback-or-questions-on-dashboard
And make it data driven where the text can come from a table that would link to the visual.
Same feature as mobile datazen activity/comment...
Ryan R commented
Let's say there was a big dip in the financials when you lost business from an important customer, you can mark that so everyone can see why the chart changed so much. Then everyone afterwards who visit it will have a reason behind it and won't have to go digging through the details to find out why the dip.
This should include adding both text and shape objects.
This would need to be added at the Visual Level and something that PowerOn will be adding to their Visuals in the next couple of months
Tien Dung Thoi commented
This is an often requested feature. A good use case is here: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/7112070-making-annotations