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  1. recognize January text as a date

    Hello,

    I have my data loaded into scenarios (Budget, Current Forecast, Prior Year, etc.) by month (January - December). I don't want a specific year associated with those months because the Scenario tells you what year you are looking at.

    However Power BI doesn't recognize it as a date so when I put it into a graph or something it organizes the data alphabetically.

    Can you please change it so it knows this is a month?

    19 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Mac Friendly Desktop Version?

      Is anyone else wishing for a Mac OS version?

      24 votes
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        5 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Power BI Service Connector should support live connections

        The new (April 2017) preview Power BI Service connector to create reports in Power BI Desktop on datasets in the service should also support dataset created as a live connection to eg. SSAS cubes.

        Lets face it the PBI Desktop is just better for developing reports (can add images and place object behind another object etc.), but when you use Desktop to develop the report with a live connection it will create a new dataset in the service every time we deploy a new report, so we end up with hundreds of datasets pointing to the same source.

        Please fix…

        8 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • SAP BW Characteristics (Dimensions) Attributes not showing up in Power BI (SAP Business Warehouse Connector)

          Hello Team,
          Currently we are unable to select the BW Characteristics Attributes to be used in Power BI.

          Please help to provide this feature. Some of the related posts are...
          https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/SAP-BW-Attributes-not-showing-up-in-Power-BI-SAP-Business/td-p/50930

          7 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • When Power BI is embedded into SharePoint, allow filters to be preset

            It is currently possible for filters (or even slicers) to be preset when publishing to PowerBI.com. From a threat on the recent PBI AMA it was stated that Power BI will be able to be embedded in SharePoint. When that happens, it would be great to be able to preset filters for each embedded dashboard/report rather than needing to set it in the Power BI pbix file first. This way it would allow multiple instances of the dashboard/report to be embedded and filters set for the specific SharePoint embed locations. The use case for this could be a sales situation…

            62 votes
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              3 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Conditional Formatting based on a different measure

              I would like to be able to format a column in a table or matrix based on values of a different measure, or based on values of the same measure in a different row of the table.
              Examples :
              1. Conditional formatting of sales amount based on the value of sales amount last month(green if higher, red if lower etc.).
              2. Conditional formatting of sales amount based on sales goal(higher/lower than goal, and how far from target)

              74 votes
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                3 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Embed Report Editor in Power Bi Embedded

                At the moment, our customers can only view the reports we provide them inside our company web portal.
                It would be very useful if we could have the ability to embed the report editor (by using Power BI embedded) in our portal, in order to let our customers create their own report, without asking them to log into the editor with their own office365 account.

                7 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Power BI Admin: policy to disable Personal Workspace's

                  We dont want our users to push all kind of data in to Power BI. With "my workspaces" this leads to this kind of situvation as we cannot control, where as when we steer this via "Group workspace" we could build an central solution where users can request creation of "Group Workspace" with clear data classification before we provision them in the cloud.

                  for Governance reasons we would Need the possibility to disable the "personal Workspace" Feature (disabling creation of Groups by all users is another Topic). Otherwise users can publish data to the Cloud Service without Knowledge of the…

                  9 votes
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                    4 comments  ·  Support  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Print (or) Save as Pdf option for each individual report and Save whole report as PDF

                    We can save the whole report as Pdf for the data displayed in tables with conditional formatting.

                    6 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • AWS Athena

                      Ability to connect to AWS Athena would be ideal. It is an excellent platform to manage large data while you are in the exploratory stages.

                      13 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Make it possible to give more than 1 vote to the same idea (again).

                        I really liked the old voting system where you could give three votes to the same suggestion in the Power BI forum. In fact, I think it was perfect. The new system just doesn't give the same feeling of actually being able to impact the way Power BI is evolving.

                        12 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • China Power BI sign in

                          In China, if customer use their company/O365 email to register global Power BI first, and later the company purchased China Power BI, and assign subscription to each employee. In this scenario, when employee with Global Power BI want to sign in Power BI Desktop, PBID will redirect to Global POwer BI Sign in Page instead of the sign in page provided by 21vinate.

                          6 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Adding comments or notes on reports

                            When I showed my reports to Manager level people, they asked if I can have a note or comment for each report which describes them. It makes user understand what the charts inside the report are about. Mobile Power BI has annotate feature which is very cool and it would be better if we have similar feature in Desktop version too.

                            7 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • support for ArcGIS embedded visual

                              Can you add support for ArcGIS embedded visual?

                              36 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Financial Reporting

                                Dear MS, are there any plans on the road map for Power BI to become financial reporting friendly. We have seen a significant need for financial style reporting where the formatting is Excel based, easy analysis of ad hoc requests and the easy entry of comments . A great feature would be the ability of Power BI to import an existing Excel financial report and convert it to an "Excel" based Power BI report\model.

                                7 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Apply the same filter across multiple pages

                                  I have a report that requires more than one page in the mobile view. The problem is both pages should reflect the same filters. I do not expect users to select the same filters again and again; the filters should be selected on the first page and apply to all subsequent pages.

                                  This idea was previously posted under the heading "Make filters that can apply across all pages in a report". However, it will not longer accept votes as it is marked as completed. Is an option available to apply page level filters from the report/dashboard to subsequent pages?

                                  10 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Custom Territory for Power BI Map.

                                    It should be possible to create a custom territory in Power BI. Not every Organization uses Continent, Country, State & Province or County for Mapping. Some Organizations want to create customer sales territories which is hugely valuable in getting granular into your Data.

                                    Currently this feature is available in Tableau.
                                    http://powertoolsfortableau.com/tools/drawing-tool

                                    This will also eliminate the use of Location Intelligence software as a counterpart when analyzing data.

                                    253 votes
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                                      11 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Introduce "Make table" function to Power BI

                                      This is for the "Edit Queries" view. MS Access has the "Make table" query function. For example if you have a source file with 1 million lines but you can filter them down to 300k, you can have the query create a new table and copy the values of those 300k lines into that new table. With subsequent queries you don't have to reference the 1-million-source file but you can now reference to the vastly smaller 300k-table, which makes further data processing much faster.

                                      9 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Map dot/bubble sizes should scale properly (with zero= a tiny dot)

                                        The minimum dot/bubble size in maps is too big and as a result visualisations are misleading as dots representing very different values can appear the same size (as discussed in the forum under "desktop-Map point sizes almost all the same" where some examples are posted). The obvious answer is for zero values to be represented by single points (with maybe an option for zeros not to be plotted at all)? (I’ve posted this here so people can vote for this to get sorted)

                                        6 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow us to have a global option to disable the automatic detection of column types

                                          Please allow us to disable the feature "Automatically detect column types and headers for unstructured sources" from Options --> Global, and not only from Options --> Current Workbook.

                                          Read here about the rationale for this request: http://datachant.com/2017/01/11/10-common-mistakes-powerbi-powerquery-pitfall-2/

                                          29 votes
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