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  1. Allow Power BI Desktop to Create Perspectives (Similar to Power Pivot, SSAS)

    Perspectives are an incredibly useful feature for complex models for end-users. For a complex model, there can be 50+ Tables with 100s of Columns and Measures (sometimes 1000+). This can be overwhelming for a new user who would connect to the Data Model to create their own reports (either using Power BI or Excel).

    Adding the ability to create Perspectives in Power BI Desktop (similar to Power Pivot, SSAS) would be a big help.

    Perspectives allow end-users to connect to a "slice" of the Model, making it easier to understand and work with. Thus aiding with the widespread adoption and…

    84 votes
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  2. Desktop Installer command line options incl silent install

    The MSI installer supports command line switches such as silent install (eg msiexec.exe ... /passive ACCEPT_EULA=1).

    With the announced end-of-life of the MSI, the only option is to use the EXE installer that doesn't currently support options. Installation thus is user interactive unless re-packaged.

    Please supply an installer that can work silently.

    6 votes
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  3. Deleting/copying/moving mutliple pages at once

    Allow for deletion/movement/selection of multiple pages at once, as you are able to in Excel. This is critical on reports that need to be revamped.

    52 votes
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  4. Click and Drag to Select Multiple Objects and Allow Nudge

    Similar to the other Microsoft products, it'd be great if we could click and drag the mouse to select multiple object on a page. Then, once multiple are selected, allow us to nudge them with the arrow keys all at the same time. Right now, we have to click one at a time and nudge one at a time. Oftentimes, I have many items I've already spent time aligning and then I need to nudge them and I have to do it one at a time.

    217 votes
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  5. Ability to show/hide visual level filter in Filter Pane with fewer clicks

    Currently the Filter Pane includes a filter in the "Filter on this visual" for every visual included in a report by default. It is very time consuming to go to each report, click on every visual and then set the hide option for each visual level filter on the Filter Pane.

    The ability for the developer to show/hide visual level filter items from the Filter Pane with fewer clicks would be ideal.
    This could be accomplished by adding an option to the popup when you click the … next to "Filters on this visual" and list it with "Filter pane"…

    16 votes
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  6. (Real) Dual axis charts

    It would be nice to be able to create dual axis charts and not the combo chart, to be able to drop more than one value on an axis and synchronize those axes. It would also be good to be able to control the type of mark in this instance so you could have one bar and one hash mark. Stephen Few would be happy cause we could create bullet charts (yeah those custom visuals really don't work and have bugs)

    190 votes
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  7. Automatically change tooltip page view to actual size

    When changing a Page to a Tooltip via Page Information it would be great if the Page View then automatically defaulted to actual size rather than fit to Page.
    Would save a couple of clicks and avoid scaring new users with massive visuals.

    22 votes
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  8. Have a presentation mode for Power BI like Powerpoint

    Have a presentation mode for Power BI like Powerpoint so you can show someone your ideas

    64 votes
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  9. Report page tooltip on all objects

    New report page tooltip preview feature in the March update is great.

    Would be nice if we had the option of adding this tooltip to visuals that previously didn't have a tooltip.

    For example, I have a card visual. I'd like users to get one of these mini report pages pop-up when they hover over it but as this visual doesn't have a tooltip it can't be used.

    Would be great if we can do this on other things like shapes and text boxes as well.

    504 votes
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    Since the initial release, we added support for table, matrix, and cards.

    https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-july-2018-feature-summary/#tableTooltips

    https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-september-2018-feature-summary/#tooltips

    I’ll leave this idea open for now since there are some requests for shapes, textboxes, and buttons, but it would be helpful if people can comment on their use cases for report page tooltips on these non-visual report elements.

  10. Allow Slicers to be preset based on defined criteria

    Allow Slicers to be preset based on defined criteria (i.e. DAX formula or other developer input).

    For example, a dashboard that displays KPI data based on the current week end date. On displaying the dashboard the screen should default to the current end date with the user having the optional ability to set the date slicer for previous weeks.

    At a stretch you could have a button with a bookmark action to run some DAX that could set the date slicer to the latest end date.

    Taking this further you could also reverse and forward the slicer to the next…

    152 votes
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  11. Power BI Desktop - Tear Away Development Windows

    I suspect that many of us today have multiple monitors and/or large monitors. To make better use of the screen area during Power BI Development....

    The development panes such as Fields, Visualisations, Selection, Sync Slicers, Field Properties should be able to be "torn away" and freely move to another screen... and/or allowed to float over the work area. This should also include a separate window pane for DAX code.

    63 votes
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  12. Right-click on a table in relationship/ model view and jump directly to that table in data view

    In Power Pivot it is possible to jump directly to the data view of a table in the relationship/ model view by right-clicking on it. This is extremely useful and saves a lot of time when dealing with large models. Please add this feature to Power BI Desktop. It will increase productivity with this tool in a simple way. THANKS

    11 votes
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  13. Conditional Formatting for Total

    An option to conditionally format Sub-total columns and rows.

    At the moment my values are conditionally formatted but but the sub-totals are bare as they can't be formatted.

    8 votes
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  14. Bulk creation of measures in PBI Desktop

    The ability to create/edit measures in bulk for different fields is required.The ability to bulk creation would not just be a time-saver, but would help refine all Reports.

    5 votes
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  15. Automatically resize all visuals in a report with even spacing

    Would it be possible to specify the amount of white space around each and all visuals on a page, and then click a button and have all visuals automatically resize so that the spacing between them is even?

    The current red guide lines that appear when trying to line up visuals are often not exact enough to perfectly align visuals with even spacing without using the “General” section of the visual formatting pane. Specifying the amount of space between visuals has to currently be done on a visual by visual basis which is very cumbersome and time consuming.

    6 votes
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  16. Load custom Theme (JSON file) by default at launch

    I have a JSON file with a theme that I apply to most of my reports. Right now I have to import it anew every time I launch Power BI or create a new file. It would be great if it was possible to direct Power BI Desktop to load that custom file by default at at launch

    46 votes
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  17. dashed line, dotted line, line thickness

    Please add line format pane that allows for selecting to insert dotted or dashed line.

    Currently, all the most common line adjustments are only for lines that are part of line charts, not for lines inserted as a shape.

    37 votes
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  18. FutureProofing for Known Header Changes - Power Query

    Scenario:

    While I am building a report, I determine that a field name needs to change at the source in a SQL server, but still need to move forward with my current report. I send a note to the dev group to make that change, but still rename it for now in the query. Unfortunately, when the dev team fixes it upstream, my report will then break - at some point in the future.

    Ask: If a header name change made in an applied step is then reflected upstream [same name as the query attempts to change it to] then…

    4 votes
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  19. Power BI Desktop should use the currently logged in account credentials for dataflow connections

    When connecting to a dataflow in Power BI Desktop, the connection is cached like all other connections. Each connection persists the relevant tokens for their sources. However, when persisting a SQL connection, each database is cached separately, so different credentials can be used with different databases.

    However, dataflows will only store the last connection to a dataflow, which makes connecting to dataflows in multiple tenants an arduous process of changeing the data connect options.

    Also confusing is the fact that the account switcher control is unrelated to the dataflow credentials, leading to situations where publish shows one set of workspaces,…

    18 votes
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