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  1. Drill navigation by mouse

    I understand the need for having two different ways of navigating down a drill path, but the need to click an extra button for this takes away from the experience. A simple addition (I think) would be to navigate using solely the mouse

    Single click: same as now, see other panes in the report change based on clicked value

    Double click: zoom into the graph to a lower level of detail (previously click on drill button, then click on chart)

    Right click: zoom out from the graph to a high level of detail

    83 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Change font family on titles and column headers

      Regarding some corporate branding practices it would be very useful to be able to change font family of title and column headers in reports.

      Is there any plan to achieve this in a next release?

      67 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Adjust Gridline Spacing

        The addition of gridlines was great, but to truly make them useful they need to be adjustable. Currently they are too far apart to make them useful in aligning visuals. There should be an option to adjust the density of gridlines using a slider to get more/less precise for your specific use case.

        14 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • "KPI" visual element does not allow to change number´s size

          This type of visual element does not permit to change the numbers size nor to edit or quit the "tick" or "cross" element attached to the number. It would be great if you add these features to the visual element. At the end of the day, it makes it complete.

          33 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Put the 32 bit version installer of PowerBI Desktop on the PowerBI home page

            If the version of PowerBI Desktop is old, when you start PowerBI Desktop, you are prompted to make it a new version. When entering HP with the URL(https://powerbi.microsoft.com/ja-jp/desktop/?WT.mc_id=Blog_Desktop_Update) of the message, only the 64-bit version installer is displayed. Since it is misunderstood that there is no 32 bit version, 32 bit version should also be placed on HP.

            13 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 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?

              18 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  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)

                89 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Mac Friendly Desktop Version?

                  Is anyone else wishing for a Mac OS version?

                  22 votes
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                    3 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Direct Query for DocumentDB

                    Please add support for Direct Query to DocumentDB.

                    We host PowerBI in embedded mode and have a large set of data to visualize that cannot be imported due to the size of the data set and the update requirements (freshness) from the customer.

                    Thank you.

                    98 votes
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                      4 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Make "combine binaries" independent from existence of a particular file

                      Since the November 2016 upgrade of Power BI Desktop, the "combine binaries" functionality is strongly improved.
                      However, I have 1 suggestion for improvement already.
                      The "combine binaries" functionality creates some objects, including a query "Sample Binary".
                      This query returns the first file from the (selected) files in the folder.
                      Unfortunately, the name and path of this file are hardcoded, e.g. from the advanced editor:
                      #"C:\Users\Marcel\OneDrive - Bemint\Office 365\Power Query\DateTimeTables\_(UTC+0000) Casablanca xlsx" = Source{[#"Folder Path"="C:\Users\Marcel\OneDrive - Bemint\Office 365\Power Query\DateTimeTables\",Name="(UTC+0000) Casablanca.xlsx"]}[Content]

                      Consequently, when that file would be removed from the folder, you would get errors when refreshing this query.

                      So my suggestion…

                      42 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Support "Export data" from R visuals

                        Customize data exported via "Export data" from R script.

                        23 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Reduce the size of the tiles on the dashboard

                          Hi,
                          If we could reduce the size of the tiles on the Dashboard to a smaller size, it would be a great addition to the visual appeal of the Dashboard as a whole. In the current property of the tiles, the minimum size of the tile looks big when the length of the text is small. This is the case with the image , text or any other tile pinned onto the dashboard.
                          It would be helpful if this feature could be added.

                          39 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Change column labels/names in the visual

                            It would be great if we could change columns labels/names in the standard visuals (Table & Matrixes mainly). In our company we have a data warehouse build to support the PowerBI tabular model with the data. The field names in the data model are not the most intuitive to our PowerBI End User. It could be great if we could change the way the field labels are shown in our tables to be more intuitive and meaningful without needing to change the field names in the data model.

                            21 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Slider / Slicer for Values

                              We now have a great Slicer for dates, which is presented as a Slider, but it would be great to have a similar Slider Slicer for values too.

                              eg, If I have a field called 'Customer Balance' and want to give the end user the ability to filter down between two values (Customer Balances between 1000 & 10000), then a standard Slicer is not suitable as it just lists the balances. A Slider based Slicer will fill this role.

                              69 votes
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                                4 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Disable Export data function in Power BI Embeded

                                Currently Export data can be disabled from the service but not from Power BI Embeded. We want to keep our data from being able to exported by others and see Power BI Embeded as our prefered roll out solution but the lack of ability to turn off the export feature means that we are not currently able to use Embeded for this purpose. Ideally we need a way to control export data at a visual level but at minimum control at a dashboard / report level. This is a high priority feature for us to be able to complet our…

                                154 votes
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                                  8 comments  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Datset as a Data Source

                                  Add the ability to consume a Dataset from PowerBI service via the Desktop. This would allow reports to be built using the Desktop vs having to login to the Service, but mostly it allows centralization of Data etc.

                                  Other features this would provide is the ability to add calcs and join other data with a Dataset or join multiple Datasets together.

                                  This relates to the following other ideas:

                                  https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/7093112-updatable-pbix-xlsx-datasets

                                  https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/13478433-dataset-desktop

                                  https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/11081736-avoid-redundancy-of-datasets-same-source-2-data

                                  23 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Clock visual

                                    A simple clock face visual which allows the user to choose which clock numbers they would like to display, from 15, 30, 45, 60 (for seconds or minutes) or 1 - 12 for hours, or to choose just one clock number label like 60 at the top. Then a single clock hand that acts like a gauge needle where the hand points to the data value. It would be nice to have the data value label's size and colour to be changeable. Colour fill in options between clock numbers and data values would also be nice! Many thanks,

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                                      0 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • PowerBI In-session interactivity in PowerPoint

                                      <<Stop cropping Power BI screenshots in a PowerPoint presentation!>>

                                      I love this message, but I'm thinking that...people used to interact with reports, and If I'm seeing a report I want to use it.
                                      To have PowerBI reports in powerpoint, in interactive mode, will be really great. (allowing an offline access using something like cache memory) I will not need anymore to create an account for people, and training them to show reports and dashboards, demo, ideas, whatever I can create in PowerBI.
                                      People are always super busy and don't like to do something that take more times... this will be…

                                      15 votes
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                                        1 comment  ·  APIs and Embedding  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Power BI mobile app Q&A using Cortana voice iOS and Android

                                        Ability to query (Q&A) mobile dashboards using Cortana voice commands. Cortana application in iOS or Android will be used to feed in voice commands to Power BI mobile app Q&A.

                                        21 votes
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                                          0 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Custom Visuals Enabled every time Power BI Desktop launches

                                          The idea would be that Custom Visuals can be downloaded to a local desktop "library". Then, each time you launch Power BI, all Custom Visuals would be available along with the Default Visuals. Having to import the Custom Visual each time you create a new .PBIX file is a pain!

                                          415 votes
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                                            under review  ·  5 comments  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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