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Add alignment, positioning and sizing controls for Power BI/View report designers

I think this is a must not only for Power BI designers (the online one and the desktop one), but also the Power View designers (both SharePoint and Excel).

We need the ability to be able to align, resize and distribute components in a dashboard/sheet. I mean the controls we normally find with office tools such as:

* Alignment: Align left, right, top, bottom, centre, middle. Distribute horizontally and vertically. Snap to grid, view gridlines, set gridlines, etc.

* Positioning: Being able to see and specify x and y coordinates for objects.

* Sizing: Specify height and width values.

I feel these requirements are long overdue since the initial release of Power View years ago.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would be useful to include tips on how to use said alignment and positioning controls

      • Judit BogosJudit Bogos commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I like my charts to be neatly organized and aligned, and so I greatly miss the alignment and and adjustment functionalities of powerpoint. So please keep on ading new functions! Thanks

      • julian.paynejulian.payne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        for the scatter plot - allow us control the SIZE of the bubble please - lots of data elements getting hidden behind others bc the bubble size cannot be controlled or scaled.


      • Cameron BlackmonCameron Blackmon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I completely agree. This functionality would be extremely useful. It takes way to long to create a decent looking report.

      • marianmarian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Plus Lock aspect. After creating report lock all the items. So background does not step to the front when you click on it or the same with shapes.
        Also after locking the items you would not see boarders of the chart. It is really annoying to see all the boarders and by mistake move the charts.

      • Pedro InneccoPedro Innecco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Funny that I forgot to mention the bring to front/send to back in my feature request (I meant to -- I just forgot) and yet this was the *FIRST* bit that Microsoft added to Power BI in Q4/2015. ;)

      • AdamAdam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Totally agree! Examples provided in PowerBI are perfectly adjusted, aligned. How did you managed to do this? Manually? I don't think so...
        Looking forward for such improvment.

      • Shane GrimesShane Grimes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As Sergio mentioned, along with all the above being able to bring shapes/report elements to the front or send to the back would be most useful.

      • Sergio MouraSergio Moura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In addition, it would be great if we could use features as "send to back"/"bring to front" when adding shapes to the reports.

      • sportsport commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The ability of your end user to bring "data to life", would include the basic functionality to; Alignment, Positioning, Size as described. Seriously, you have people stating they are using POST IT notes as alignment tools. I believe this should be viewed as a "bug" not a enhancement!

      • ConorConor commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hi Team,

        Is this in progress? Report formatting is currently a major pain point for effective story telling. Currently our team is resorting post it notes on the screen to align visualizations. Event a grid option would be extremely helpful.

      • RaimanaRaimana commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Authoring reports and not being able to align/resize the visualizations is very very frustrating.

        A behavior like PowerPoint would be optimal.

      • Omar SakaOmar Saka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It's been 9 months since the answer from you guys. C'mon guys, it's essential to be able to align charts. Can't play around with this when you show customers live dashboarding/reporting.

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