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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.

    426 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Stop Executing Queries Multiple Times

      I create a query in Power BI Desktop against a data source. Power BI Desktop insists on executing it multiple (usually three) times. This makes Desktop slow and for back-end data sources exerts additional load that can also incur additional costs.

      Note: I am not talking about the scenario where a query is referred to multiple times in M, rather just a simple query loaded into one table in the data model. I assume the engine is checking data types, etc - but the current approach is very slow/painful. Optimisation is needed!

      19 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!

        147 votes
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          16 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Incremental data refresh from a stored procedure

          Incremental refresh works good when refreshing data from tables. We have to deal with complex logic and predefined structure which is not possible from tables. Incremental refresh from stored procedure will be very helpful.

          7 votes
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          • Rename query steps without refreshing preview

            While renaming query steps (right-click rename OR right-click properties) when you apply the name change, it will re-run the query step. Why? Best practice to rename query steps yet for very large data sets this becomes cumbersome during the queries initial development. Note: I could be missing something valuable that would prevent this, please advise.

            5 votes
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            • Rename query steps without refreshing preview

              While renaming query steps (right-click rename OR right-click properties) when you apply the name change, it will re-run the query step. Why? Best practice to rename query steps yet for very large data sets this becomes cumbersome during the queries initial development. Note: I could be missing something valuable that would prevent this, please advise.

              5 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…

                6 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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                  • Edit Data Table From Relationship View window

                    In the current relationship view window we can delete a data table from the model.

                    It would be nice to right click on the data table and click edit query for the underlying table. This would immediately open up the query editor for data table changes.

                    Today you have to switch views to the table view, and click edit table. or navigate to the edit queries button and click edit queries. Doing this opens the queries, but you still have to navigate to the table you want to change.

                    3 votes
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                    • Disable "see records"

                      There should be an option to disable "see records" for the graphics that support it. It is a huge issue when it comes to security. I know you can hide certain columns but in reports that should only be high level data, the see records item is really an issue.

                      7 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…

                        6 votes
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                        • Query mode QoL: Add name of new column in applied steps

                          Instead of using the generic "Added Custom" or "Added Conditional Column", rather insert the column name to make it easier to navigate through the step logic.

                          For example if I add a conditional column called Turnaround time, it is far more useful for me to see that I added Turnaround time than for me to see what type of column I added.

                          It saves time that is waste having to manually rename those steps and also means that if one of my colleagues works on the model, they can easily identify important items without having to go through every addition…

                          2 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Create and Enum data type

                            Currently it is possible to create calculated columns in DAX as well as to add columns through Power Query. But for every column we add, our models get more bloated while the user interface gets more cluttered.

                            I propose the addition of an enumeration type that is only evaluated at run time, this would reduce the file size of models by only requiring the developer to store references to values once. It would make possible to handle translation of the value in a secondary lookup table, thus eliminating the need for a complete re-evaluation of the column every time the…

                            3 votes
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                            • Text wrap the display within Advanced Editor

                              Text wrapping on a line-by-line basis within Advanced Editor. Currently you have to manually enter a carriage return and tab it over to format.

                              4 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.

                                21 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.

                                  18 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)

                                    55 votes
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                                    • Add Phone Number as a data type or category

                                      Adding a phone number as a data type or category so that Power BI can easily interact and manipulate phone numbers into different display formats

                                      Ex:
                                      (123)-456-7890
                                      (123) - 456 - 7890
                                      123.456.7890
                                      1234567890

                                      And treat all the same so that if a user searches using one of those formats, no matter how the data is actually stored that it can find anyone of them.

                                      Could also map the area code to geographical locations too

                                      3 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)

                                        4 votes
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                                        • Word Wrap on Query Step Notes

                                          Please implement Word Wrap on notes added to individual Query steps.

                                          2 votes
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