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  1. Print option from Power BI Desktop

    A print option for Power BI Desktop is required.

    This will support design and development efforts by having a hard copy available for use in scenarios where online and real-time are not the best approach or even the most appropriate approach.

    2,993 votes
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      84 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Power BI Designer for Mac

      Provide a Power BI Designer application install for Mac OSs.

      2,363 votes
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        414 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Create different slicers

        Allow slicers to be created as drop downs, calendars, on/off switches etc. Let slicers contain multiple fields. Also allow user to specify that slicer can only have one value selected and set a default

        2,201 votes
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          124 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Matrix +/- Collapse/ Expand Buttons

          Please add Collapse/Expand buttons in the Matrix Visualizations. Otherwise when all fields are expanded by default the user would have to scroll a lot to find what they are looking for. I could add a slicer to take user to the data they are looking for but then the rest of the data in the matrix disappears and more specifically the overall totals change!Expand/Collapse buttons would keep the overall totals as intended and totals for other fields while allowing the user to only expand the field they are interested in. Also ability to do conditional formatting for a specific field…

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            154 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Looks like Amanda’s link didn’t work so I wanted to update again. Here’s our documentation on the new preview:
            https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-desktop-matrix-visual/

            There are a few highly requested features that we know are missing (resizing columns, sorting etc.) and they’re outlined at the bottom of that document .They’ll come in future releases!

            You’ll also see a link right at the bottom of that page to a survey where you can gives us your feedback on what we should prioritize on top of this preview.

            and please do keep commenting here – we read everything even if we can’t reply to them.

            Thanks for the feedback!

          • Power BI Desktop Auto Update

            I'm shocked that I'm required to download a new version of Power BI every time you roll out updates. It's 2015, push those updates via the web to my desktop app, how hard can that be?

            1,509 votes
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              under review  ·  83 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Create calculated measures on top of a live SSAS connection

              Creating a live connection to SSAS MD or Tabular is working just fine. However, it would be very beneficial to have the ability to create new calculated measures (in MDX). Just like we can create our own calculated measures when writing an MDX query for a SSRS dataset.

              1,223 votes
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                135 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Allow copy and paste between different PBIX's

                Often we need to expand on an idea from one report further and copy and paste visuals/pages from one PBIX to another. This would be a huge productivity and quality benefit.

                1,057 votes
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                  49 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Power BI Designer API

                  Power BI Designer saves a local PBIX file, which can be a file to export data and data model – in other words, it’s a format that contains a complete semantic model. All the applications that today export data in several formats (CSV, Excel, XML), might provide a richer semantic model exporting a PBIX file.

                  Many ISV/SI that have OLTP and other applications that stores data in some database, usually struggle to offer a compelling BI story to their customers. The smaller they are, the more they feel this pressure because probably the effort they can put in their custom…

                  953 votes
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                    41 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Allow the creation of a Theme Pack

                    Allow for the creation of a corporate color theme pack. Same principle of styles in Excel: I define a set of styles (colors, fonts, background, format,...) and apply to my report items. For example, let me set the default slicer background color to a suitable shade so that all slicer created start with my default color settings. I would also like to be able to save me color scheme separately so that i can share it with colleagues to create a consistent feel.

                    851 votes
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                      49 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Measure Dependency View (similar to the Query Dependency View)

                      The newly introduced Query Dependency view is phenomenal but what we really need is a Measure Dependency view. Here is what it might look like: http://ppvt.pro/2eXKndh
                      And a video detailing this idea: https://youtu.be/sYjBB_Ef66M

                      In one of my production models I have 60 Queries, but I have 200+ measures! I believe that is typical; usually I build Queries and Measures as lego blocks, combining simpler ones into more complex ones needed in the end. In fact I needed it so badle that I attempted to build a Measure Dependency view using NodeXL. While that works, it's a lot of heavy lifting.…

                      440 votes
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                        27 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Power Map integration

                        Power BI designer should integrate Power Map design experience, don't let Power Map just like a stand-along part of Power BI...

                        429 votes
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                          26 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          under review  ·  Filip KaradzicFilip Karadzic responded

                          We are looking to improve our maps. A new Shape Map control is expected in the summer which will solve some of these issues.

                        • Dynamically specify Data Colour using column e.g #A66999.

                          The ability to provide specify the Data Colour for each item in the Legend field. E.g. a column from the data source in which to specify the colour e.g. #A66999 for each item in the Legend field.

                          This would apply to all the standard charts, e.g. bar, column, line chart, any of the charts with the Legend property.

                          344 votes
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                            under review  ·  22 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Conditional formatted measures using SWITCH

                            A current limitation in Power BI SWITCH measures (and all Power Pivot actually) is that a SWITCH measure must have a single format. It is currently not possible to conditionally format the measure result based on any criteria - it is one single format only. There are valid use cases where you may want to change the format of the SWITCH measure depending on the result. Consider the following SWITCH statement
                            myMeasure = SUMX(MeasureTable,switch([selected measure],
                            1,[Total Sales],
                            2,[Total Cost],
                            3,[Total Margin],
                            4,[Chg Sales vs LY %]
                            ))
                            The first 3 results are all currency format, but the last result is…

                            313 votes
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                              19 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Power BI Designer and PowerShell better together

                              Are there any plans for Power BI Designer "better together" with PowerShell? I would be able to "Get Data -> PowerShell" where I would point designer to a PS script. Designer would execute PS script and resulting tables (one or more) would be loaded into data model.

                              I understand I can do it today via CSV files but that requires some additional steps (and creation of CSV files) compared to what I have in mind.

                              288 votes
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                                15 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Import PowerBI Desktop model into SSAS Analysis Services Tabular

                                Import a PowerBI Desktop file into a SSAS Tabular Instance or SQL Server Data Tools

                                284 votes
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                                  19 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Add presentation mode to desktop client

                                  Now that Power BI Desktop is a full BI tool, add the option to go to presentation mode. This would go full screen, presenting the visuals and filters as in reading view in the online version.

                                  275 votes
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                                    under review  ·  12 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Allow more data points to be displayed on a map

                                    I work in the Real Estate industry and receive requests to plot data points on map showing sales in which our company has participated. Everything went fine until I tried viewing all the data points and ended up with "Showing a Representative Sample". I would like the ability to show a minimum of 2500 data points

                                    251 votes
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                                      under review  ·  16 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Data Catalog integration in PowerBI Designer

                                      The PowerBI Designer is missing integration with the Data Catalog and there is no online search functionality. The data catalog is a core component of the reporting solution so let me use it with the Power BI Designer

                                      250 votes
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                                      • Support for importing from PowerPivots shared on O365 or SharePoint

                                        Importing from Excel currently does not seem to support PowerPivot and requires a local path to the file.

                                        244 votes
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                                        • Support SQL Server Geometry/Geography data types in Power BI

                                          The ability to display and create Filled Maps (choropleth) using the native SQL Server geometry/geography data types is a must to allow for meaningful geospatial visualization. e.g. Visualize crimes by police beat.

                                          236 votes
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