Ability to rename items in the Selection Pane
With the addition of the Selection Pane in the October 2017 release, it would be great to be able to rename these selections so that they are easily manageable.
If you have multiple objects of the same name, i.e. Image, Text Box, it would be great to rename these (like in PowerPoint) so that you can clearly understand which ones you are hiding or making visible.
This is one of several selection pane improvements we have planned.
Wasn't it released in March/2019?
Todd Chittenden commented
TWO YEARS and still no action?
Anyway, there is a work-around. Know that the name as displayed in the Selection pane takes its initial value from object type, but will also use the Title Text property if it present.
Scenario: Add two buttons to the page, they both show up as "Button" in the Selection pane. Do this: turn on the Title property of a button, add a title, say, "Button #1" then turn the title back off again. Repeat for the second button, with a new title as appropriate.
I think this feature is part of March 2019 release.
Excellent thank you for the update!
Just been creating Grouped Sync Slicers and this ability would save me so much time. Currently have to go to the Title in the format pane turn it on change the name then turn the title off again.
This would be great. With the ability of grouping like bookmarks it would be greater.
Essential enhancement. I'd settle for being able to update the existing Title property directly from the Selection Pane. Although I like the idea of having a separate Label field for behind-the-scenes, that could get complex. Either way, need a solution in order to make full use of Bookmarks and mobile view.
Yes this is very important, I saw yesterday a workaround (presented by Mike Carlo) but it is still a workaround.
Alexander Korn commented
Agree this is much needed. Changing the title is not always an option, and really a pain/time consuming if you want to change lots of items.
This is a necessity!! How many buttons do you have on your canvas???
Please! Because it is really time consuming to manage the objests without a proper name.
With the addition of Bookmarks I think this becomes a better upgrade. It is often very tedious to try and sort through everything to show/hide for a particular bookmark. This would not only make the day-to-day easier, but would help here as well. I also noticed personalized booksmarks were on the list...I would be embarrassed to show our users the selection pane and ask them to set up their own bookmarks with the inability to rename items...
Peter Ross commented
I think it should be a separate 'internal' name property of the visual, which is visible to the developer but not the end user - after all the whole selection pane is just for the developer. If this custom name is not entered, then it could default to the 'Title', and if it's not used either, than can default to the generic name.
The title change to OFF is not a valid option to me. Nice as workaround though
This can be done by changing the Title of the object (you can then hide the Title if it's not required). HT Dan Day in comments below.
Briton Wells commented
Could the title configuration be modified for all visuals in general to support this? Allow a title to be entered even if the title is turned off. Maybe move the toggle inside the card, underneath the title entry.
Like this? https://i.imgur.com/x0iAMgr.png
Adam Bäckman commented
Would also be helpful if it was possible to put the items in folders or in groups, for complex dashboards the selection pane can become quite messy.
ability to name each object would make using this feature much better.
Dan Day commented
If anyone is interested there is a workaround you can use until this is properly implemented.
You can turn the title on for an item, give it a title, and then turn the title off and the item will use the title name.
Obviously only useable if you don't need the title and item name to be different.
Dan Day commented
I thought the same thing when watching the update.
With the ideas i have in mind this would definitely make it a lot easier to manage.
@Jonathan Ludwig (Visuals Tech Lead)
I would be happy with either, whichever is easiest for you guys.