Better control over the shapes, textbox and images
Please consider adding functionality to give the report author more control of shapes, textboxes and images. This functionality might include grouping, disabling selection, etc.
This would enrich the options for organizing data onto the report page and will remove all those unnecessary grey lines and rectangles that the user sees when hovering over the controls
I have the same issue, I use shapes as background tiles to separate different sections of my dashboard. It looks fantastic but when users accidentally click on the shape / tiles, it covers all the visuals which is extremely poor in terms of UX.
lars crauwels commented
Supporting the idea to disable selection.
It will give the end user a more professional impression if they don't get stuck by clicking on the wrong shape..
Frits van Dijk commented
I would like to add the folowing to it:
By default Power BI give shapes a padding which seems te be a percentages of the shape size. This is ok when all shapes have the same size but it can become very uggly when shapes have different sizes and you have them snap to grid.
\I would like to be able to format the padding of shapes, both as a percentage as well as in number of pixels. This should also be possible in the json-template.
small thing but very annoying. would be good to be able to disable possibility of selecting an item so that it doesnt get brought to front.
lots of people do some "design" on the page using shapes
Please get this into the backlog! This is turning off decision makers, because it is the only way to have a modern look and feel that you can control. Add the disable focus or disable selection toggle.
James Houck commented
Any update on this? If you use shapes, you need this feature. Why would a default behavior be for the shape to be selected and come to the front, getting in the way of your report content? Doesn't make sense. This has been an issue for some time. Please fast track in the backlog.
Agreed disabling a textbox or image from selection altogether is needed.
I agree, this sould be a option, we sould be able to say : this image can't be select by the user, and more option in the image manipulation is a most.
All the editing process of geometric shapes must be reformulated. It is very bad compared to other BI tools.
This is needed so when a background image is clicked on, it is not brought to the front, rather than having to use a work around for this
Quinton Coish commented
Excellent idea! Please help us stop teasing these beautiful background shapes with potential interactions. It must be such a let down for them to come all the way from the back to the front only to see really confused user faces. A huge blow to their self-esteem.
John Mackenzie commented
HELP REALLY NEED THIS!!!!
Please, please add the ability to disable selection. Shapes as background are effective for bringing organization and aesthetic beauty to a report. But if they are selectable, they pop up from the background over the other objects when clicked, and it isn't intuitive to the user on either what has happened or how to fix it. Disabling selection would allow these shapes to remain background objects.
Phil Matthews commented
This functionality is in desperate need, particularly the "disable selection" option. Having a user inadvertently click on a shape and then not realise they have to click off the page somewhere to get back to where they were is a terrible UX. Please implement this
Is disabling functionality going to be planned?
disabling functionality --- where are you?
Ron Pitts commented
Agree, the workaround is to add an action to the shape which links back to the bookmark in order to reapply the correct order (shape last on the zorder). Make sure the sync data is turned off on the bookmark.
I found a work around... I was really annoyed when somebody would click on background shape and it would come to the front and cover my charts but here is what you can do:
1. Create a bookmark that is set to Visual only with the report looking how you want it
2. Add action to background shape (my example was a gray box) to use bookmark
Basically if somebody clicks on shape it will go back to the viz setting with it in the background essentially turning off the interaction.
Nazareno Cingolani commented
Still waiting BI team. Shapes are useless.
Please revisit and resolve the disabling functionality as a priority.
Lack of functionality to disable selection of components impacts heavily on the ability to apply accepted UX best practice.
We are unable to pass and deploy changes
Your supporting evidence for prioritisation is in the posts below since which goes back over three years. There is no practical work around, so PLEASE revolve!