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  1. Improve Relationship Drag and Drop Experience

    In Power Pivot for Excel, when you drag and drop columns to create relationships, there experience is:
    1. Click and drag source column
    2. Hover over destination table
    3. The receiving column on the destination table is highlighted to indicate which column will receive the join.

    In Power BI Desktop, item 3 above is missing. It makes it ambiguous how the join will be made (and a poor user experience). Please add a visual confirmation to the user which column will receive the join during drag and drop.

    412 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Time Zone Conversion Accounting for Daylight Savings Time (DST)

      We need a way to display data in our local timezone accounting for daylight savings time. The data source stores the dates in UTC but we need reports to show local time. A native and easy way to do this in PowerBI would be a huge help. There are many blog posts and help articles floating around with solutions people have attempted but it's a simple issue that so many users would benefit from having solved centrally by PowerBI itself. Please consider!

      126 votes
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      • Change data types and other formatting functionality with SAP HANA DirectQuery

        The SAP HANA DirectQuery does not support data prep features like changing data types as well as other formatting changes. Without the ability to prep the SAP HANA data with DirectQuery, there is no way to leverage SAP HANA's real-time data capability. Thus, whenever a user needs to change data, they are forced to use Import (a static data set).

        8 votes
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        • Quickly remove all columns containing only Null/Blank values

          The recently introduced Column Quality feature in the Query Editor allows us to identify Valid, Error and Empty values in each column.

          It would be great if we could quickly and easily remove all columns that only contain Null/Blank values.

          I recently had a situation where I'd loaded a table containing 100 or so columns into the Query Editor and I had to manually work through these removing all such columns - which was at least half of them.

          Having such a feature avaialble in the Query Editor wold be fantastic, and it may also be useful to have something…

          4 votes
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          • Identify missing join values

            Recently some Column Quality and Column Distribution checks have been introduced into the Query Editor, which are great.

            A useful addition would be identifying Foreign Key values for which there's no corresponding Primary Key. A simple and common example of this would be identifying Customers who appear in the Sales fact table who don't appear in the Customer dimension table.

            The join created by the developer would identify the Foreign/Primary Key relationship, and perhaps any such orphaned Fact table records could be highlighted against the join itself.

            Currently such occurrences of this will usually result in Sales values posted against…

            5 votes
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            • Data Profiling

              Data Profiling similar to what is offered in tools like Talend Data Preparation Tool. You can select a column for example and it gives you quick insights on (Invalid data, empty rows, summary statistics on the column, a frequency distribution of all value sin the column, if the column is an integer data field it will give a nice box plot summarizing the data distribution)

              54 votes
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              • Composite Models for Power BI Data Sets

                I often get requests that are derivates of already released reports, but require small tweaks, such as a new dimension to be added to answer. Being able to add composite table to a live data set connection would enable me to more effectively re-use my work, as I wouldn't have to start my project in an already complex pbix file. just a live connection, a look up table an a blank canvas.

                17 votes
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                • Apps - One Workspace, Multiple Apps

                  Apps are really good and perfect for distributing to particular people/departments within the organization.

                  Although I think that it would be better if for example, the BI Development Team could have one workspace where the reports are published but then able to distribute reports to either one or multiple Apps.

                  This would allow for less duplication of .pbix files and datasets and of course making it easier to maintain reports within the organization and that all are looking at the same data.

                  15 votes
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                  • COUNTIF in DAX Language

                    A COUNTIF is sorely missed in DAX.

                    (The workaround with CALCULATE and FILTER is too cumbersome and complex for most users)

                    2 votes
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                    • Fix the action around Formula.Firewall so instead of a weird error you get prompted with something actionable

                      PowerQuery throws this odd error in some cases when a query references another query. Instead of the error, it should prompt you to select the correct privacy setting.

                      Formula.Firewall without Ignoring Privacy Levels? Query 'x' (step 'Source') references other queries or steps and so may not directly access a data source. Please rebuild this data combination

                      Questions on this come up repeatedly in the forums. See two discussions here:https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/ee1381f7-c919-4134-be96-5f06dbdb9cd5/how-to-fix-formulafirewall-without-ignoring-privacy-levels-query-x-step-source-references?forum=powerquery

                      And from 2015!
                      https://www.excelguru.ca/blog/2015/03/11/power-query-errors-please-rebuild-this-data-combination/

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                      • identify errors #div/0 BLANK NaN

                        It would be a nice addition to have "identify errors" in the Transform tab.

                        Today there is "replace errors" in the Transform table but I can only replace if I can identify an error.

                        Here is the case I had today:
                        I used the same CSV file in two different PBI models.
                        One of them I did a sum of a #div/0 collumn and the other I did not.
                        When updating the values from the source file, PBI identified a query error in the file that had the sum of #div/0 but not in the other PBI.
                        Since there are…

                        2 votes
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                        • Editing a formula in the formula bar should preserve newlines, not replace with #(lf)

                          Using the Power Query formula bar to edit something like this:

                          = (_TimelineWithParent as any) => let
                          Initial = _TimelineWithParent,
                          #"Add initial pidx" = Table.DuplicateColumn(Initial, "parentIndex", "pidx"),
                          <etc>

                          Might result in:

                          let
                          Source = #!"(_TimelineWithParent as any) => let#(lf) Initial = _TimelineWithParent,#(lf) #""Add initial pidx"" <etc>

                          That is a heavily escaped string that now only looks right in the formula bar.

                          Formula bar and Advanced Editor should always agree...

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                          • Power Query "Merge Column" Code That Is Query Folding Friendly

                            Currently in Power Query, clicking on the 'Add Columns' > 'Merge Columns' button and using a custom separator produces M code that is not Query Folding friendly, but it could be:

                            Current:
                            #"Inserted Merged Column Not Query Folding Friendly" = Table.AddColumn(#"Prior Step", "Merged Column", each Text.Combine({[Column1], [Column2]}, " : "), type text),

                            Future:
                            #"Inserted Merged Column That Is Query Folding Friendly"= Table.AddColumn(#"Prior Step", "Merged Column", each [Column1] & " : " & [Column2])

                            3 votes
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                            • Display 'Measure Tables' icon in new Relationship View

                              This is a touch pedantic and minor adjustment. In the new relationship view the icons in the 'Fields' section do not indicate if a table is 'Measures Only' or a 'Calculated Table'. It would be helpful if these icons are maintained when looking in the new model view.

                              3 votes
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                              • R in Power Query without using personal gateway

                                Currently, Power BI reports with R scripts in Power Query and hosted on service require setup of personal gateway. This is an issue when the developer is on leave and his personal gateway is not online. Requesting support or R scripts in Power Query without use of Personal Gateway (similar to the way R visuals hosted on service dont require personal gateway setup)

                                3 votes
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                                • Allowing conditional formatting to be exactly like Excel's.

                                  This would allow you to format individual cells of a table. This would not color cells based on a scale but, by the cells individual content.

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Export to csv or Excel

                                    Please, when exporting in csv delimit by semicolon, because when exporting monetary value with cents, when using text for columns in excel it is difficult to work the data today being delimited by comma.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Saved Python Scripts

                                      It would be good if Python data processing scripts could be saved and selected from a menu. That way some python script to move from data structure A to B that may be regularly used is accessible to users who aren't as python savy.

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                                      • Import / Export Report RLS

                                        I would like to be able to export the report RLS and then import it to another report.
                                        Example, there is a report in the company with several branches and in each one of them owns a manager, then I define a function for each branch in the sales report, in the other production reports the same RLS applies, but I have to rebuild the RLS.

                                        2 votes
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                                        • Activate the Excel Workbook Edit Option in Power Query for Power BI

                                          There seems to be a slight bug in the Power Query interface in Power BI. The Edit button is deactivated when you want to edit all sheets in a workbook. View this tweet for a clear description of it https://twitter.com/dbrownAnalyst/status/1041739702666240002

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