Better control over the shapes, textbox and images
Please consider adding functionality to give the report author more control of shapes, textboxes and images. This functionality might include grouping, disabling selection, etc.
This would enrich the options for organizing data onto the report page and will remove all those unnecessary grey lines and rectangles that the user sees when hovering over the controls
Agreed disabling a textbox or image from selection altogether is needed.
I agree, this sould be a option, we sould be able to say : this image can't be select by the user, and more option in the image manipulation is a most.
All the editing process of geometric shapes must be reformulated. It is very bad compared to other BI tools.
This is needed so when a background image is clicked on, it is not brought to the front, rather than having to use a work around for this
Quinton Coish commented
Excellent idea! Please help us stop teasing these beautiful background shapes with potential interactions. It must be such a let down for them to come all the way from the back to the front only to see really confused user faces. A huge blow to their self-esteem.
John Mackenzie commented
HELP REALLY NEED THIS!!!!
Please, please add the ability to disable selection. Shapes as background are effective for bringing organization and aesthetic beauty to a report. But if they are selectable, they pop up from the background over the other objects when clicked, and it isn't intuitive to the user on either what has happened or how to fix it. Disabling selection would allow these shapes to remain background objects.
Phil Matthews commented
This functionality is in desperate need, particularly the "disable selection" option. Having a user inadvertently click on a shape and then not realise they have to click off the page somewhere to get back to where they were is a terrible UX. Please implement this
Is disabling functionality going to be planned?
disabling functionality --- where are you?
Ron Pitts commented
Agree, the workaround is to add an action to the shape which links back to the bookmark in order to reapply the correct order (shape last on the zorder). Make sure the sync data is turned off on the bookmark.
I found a work around... I was really annoyed when somebody would click on background shape and it would come to the front and cover my charts but here is what you can do:
1. Create a bookmark that is set to Visual only with the report looking how you want it
2. Add action to background shape (my example was a gray box) to use bookmark
Basically if somebody clicks on shape it will go back to the viz setting with it in the background essentially turning off the interaction.
Nazareno Cingolani commented
Still waiting BI team. Shapes are useless.
Please revisit and resolve the disabling functionality as a priority.
Lack of functionality to disable selection of components impacts heavily on the ability to apply accepted UX best practice.
We are unable to pass and deploy changes
Your supporting evidence for prioritisation is in the posts below since which goes back over three years. There is no practical work around, so PLEASE revolve!
John Levis commented
As a visual designer who has just worked on Power BI, I can echo many of the posts here; I found it a slow and frustrating task adding visual consistency and visual language to reports. Having data is great but to truly leverage it's potential it needs to be presented in engaging and succinct ways.
Being able to group objects, apply shapes to layers and lock elements (so they cannot be selected in 'read mode') would be hugely beneficial. Also removing the objects grab bar as this obscures the view when arranging elements on the canvas area.
I'm not a huge fan of PowerPoint but would find many of it's simple shape editing UI significantly helpful in Power BI.
I've employed a visual designer to help improve our reports, after some great work we now have a fresh look and feel and are very happy.
Then we tied out the new reports in read mode, I was totally shocked that the shapes, textbox's etc can be selected which made all the updates unusable.
This idea/bug was raised in 2015! PowerBI team please re-look at this request.
Any update from the Power BI team on this?
Would really like the ability to disable selection of visuals. For example, I have a report where there is a card visual and trend line visual laid on top. Even with the correct selection and tab orders, the end user can click on the card visual and as a result the trend line disappears when the user hovers over the card while it is selected.
Linda Naomi Ortegón Cisneros commented
please add this!
Assume desired functionality would include 'tab order'