Disable/hide visual border on hover
Disable/hide visual borders when hovered over, atleast in full screen mode. It makes the UI look pretty untidy.
Aaron Steers commented
I agree - and I'd also like to be able to make simple controls "not selectable" or not able to receive focus. Our team use shaded rectangle shapes for grouping and if a user clicks on the rectangle itself, then it comes to focus and blocks the "real" filters and controls that the user wants to look at.
Seems like a simple visual-level setting for "allow focus" or inversely "disable interactivity" could easily fix this. The same setting would also prevent all the title bars from appearing when you hover over said visual.
(Side note: when in viewing mode, the floating titles are quite distracting, and they often block interactivity with the control directly above them. Would be good to have an option to disable this - especially on filters which are often crammed next to each other, and which have no real need for any of the "focus mode" or other elipse-menu features.)
Thanks for listening!
Andrew Exley commented
I think this is also the same as this idea here: https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/12247677-optionally-remove-focus-mode-box
I have just checked reports on the service and indeed the borders are now invisible which is a big improvement so well done.
However, I still think this can be extended further to given the option for turning on/off as some visuals still have focus mode options e.g. slicers which are unnecessary.
Leandro Assis commented
This seems to be solved now, after publish some reports, the border are now invisivle!!
Martin Ohlsson commented
Yes please! The borders showing when you hover the mouse over items makes the report look very unprofessional! Please let us disable this clutter.
This is desperately needed, the borders look awful and make the whole report/dashboard look really unprofessional. They also stop the user from being able to select items unless you use a work around like sending the offending items to the back while you select what you want, and then having to bring it to the front again.
Worst thing is the empty bar on top of every visual consumes so much of real estate! It has no real purpose other than making the report look ugly on mouse hover and consuming lot of space.
This could atleast work like a Windows Title bar where you have the Window Title, Close, Minimize and Maximize button. Qlikview uses the title bar efficiently.
J Michael Williams commented
Please Microsoft add this with the next update, those boxes on hovering are so annoying. Its the only reason I am still using Tableau versus Power BI.
This would make dashboards look at lot better to the end user. I also recommend this as an option on the sheet that would apply to every item on the entire sheet. That way the user doesn't need to disable the border on every item.
I think this would be a fantastic option to have. As was mentioned below, sometimes it does not make sense to have the border on hover e.g. when a shape is inserted.
Other examples would be on a slicer, I only want to select the buttons, I have no need for a box allowing me to turn on Focus Mode.
Implementing this would make the final end product to the user even more polished
This is definitely a missing option for interactive reports using Power BI. I thought I had overlooked an option, disappointed to find it is not there. It has a detrimental impact on otherwise professional looking reports.
Sam, really sad to hear that this is the way Microsoft handles issues. Laughing off aesthetics when in the field of data visualization really shows a a lack off understanding the users. It has very little to do with what looks pretty, rather than presenting the information in the clearest way. Distracting boxes with no purpose is definitely such a distracting element.
Also, when selling in a new solution like PBI (internally or externally), presenting something that actually looks and feels better and more modern than what the customer has access to today can very well be what makes it or breaks it when the end-user (who might not be a development engineer) is the decision maker.
Please PBI team, let ut at least choose to make our reports look professional!
I went to a local PBI session hosted by Microsoft and I mentioned this same problem to the Project Manager (Msft Representative). He laughed it off as if this wasn't even worth discussing about! Let me give you a bit of a context: I come from a core DW/BI background with more than a decade architecting and implementing Business Intelligence and reporting solutions using SharePoint to custom .Net to SSRS/PBI/Tableau. Every single company I have worked with has been (coincidently) a Microsoft shop. We even provided BI services for Microsoft itself! I was on the team of vendor service providers that dogfooded SQL Server 2005 back when it was just a codename (Yukon).
All of this is to convey that people like myself who work with customers out there leveraging Microsoft's BI toolset know a thing or two about what the actual users want. As trivial as it may sound, the aesthetics of a BI solution matter when our company delivers such rich dashboards to their external clients (Quarterly Performance reports in finance/investment management industry). And the disregard from that rep about on-field customer feedback was very unpleasant.
Now that I see others reporting this issue as well, I'm joining their voices again and ask PBI team to please consider this as a priority item to at least take under consideration. There is a reason companies are willing to make investments into very expensive competing tools and professional looking aesthetics is an emerging theme among the userbase I have worked with thus far. Upvoted this already!
Jared Knutzen commented
I agree that this is untidy and creates a poor user experience. However, I don't want to have to turn this off or on for every element. These borders should only be visible in Edit mode in the Power BI service. In View mode, I would expect this to behave the same as embedding. I've had clients specifically avoid the Power BI service because they don't feel the final reports feel polished with all the pop up containers - they feel like it's an edit/backend view rather than an end-user facing view.
agreed. makes navigation between elements problematic. Even aesthetic objects (lines/rectangles) have these boarders...
Need this badly. If you could enable in design mode like MS Access that would be a huge win!
Wow! I suggested similar feature yesterday. Was redirected to this post. I see there are many posts that are begging for this feature. Why is MS BI team not responding or even acknowledging?