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  1. One single schedule task for sequential refresh of both Dataflows + Dataset

    The biggest thing that I’m missing is the ability to schedule a Dataflow, plus a Dataset (without Premium capacity). Now you can schedule both separately, but not in an automated sequential way.

    https://ssbipolar.com/2018/11/24/whats-missing-from-power-bi-dataflows/

    16 votes
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      4 comments  ·  Dataflows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Change order of filters in filter pane

      I love the new filter experience, much better. It would be great if the filters in the filter pane could be ordered by the author.
      At times there are filters that have a natural hierarchy (Region/Plant; Manager/Employee) and presenting them in the wrong sequence causes the users to become confused.

      20 votes
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        1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Disable visual highlighting and interactions

        When clicking on certain elements of a visual, I can control the interaction this selection has on other visuals within the report, but I was wondering if there is the ability to completely disable the clickability of a visual? I don't want the end users to be able to click on the visual at all, so neither the selected visual or other visuals would be highlighted? Tooltips should still be viewable on hover.

        This feature should be available for use in both service and desktop.

        More information on the unsuccessful attempts people have made trying to achieve this with graphs/charts…

        76 votes
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          12 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Read Only Access to Relationship View in Thin Workbooks

          My definition of a thin workbook is when you connect Power BI to a tabular server. This can be SSAS Tabular or the Power BI Service (golden dataset as covered here https://exceleratorbi.com.au/new-power-bi-reports-golden-dataset/)

          When you use Power BI Desktop as a thin workbook, you cannot see the relationship view or the data view. While this makes sense (they are not editable), it means that it is very difficult for someone to write local measures. It is not possible to accurately write a local measure unless the relationships between the tables are visible.

          Please add the relationship view so the end…

          183 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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…

            17 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Single-click drillthrough

              The current method of using "drillthrough" is tedious and not obvious.

              I propose a new implementation of drillthrough: single-click. Instead of right-clicking on a row, table or visual and selecting form a context menu, let's have the ability to setup a row, table or visual as a single-click drillthrough.

              174 votes
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                13 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Dynamic Date Slicer (improve relative date slicer)

                This is a repost of my idea that was closed as completed, but the 'relative date slicer doesn't allow any of the described request hence my idea is not implemented....

                The new date slicer is awesome, but it would be so nice if you could set a dynamic date selection instead of a static. With a static filter the user will always have to set the dates before the saved report makes sense - especially as the report gets older.

                Dynamic options could be
                YTD, QTD, MTD, WTD, Today, This Year, This Quarter, This Month, This Week and so on.

                1,210 votes
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                  76 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  The relative date slicer (a Preview feature as of June ‘17) gets us close to this with the ’This Month’ or ‘This Year’ settings. That is a dynamic date selection that updates based on the current system date. We plan to add a ‘YTD’/‘MTD’ option to specifically select a range from the start of the month/year up to today, hopefully that’ll address the remaining requirements!

                • Calculated measures when live connected to MDX cubes

                  In May 2017 Power BI Desktop started supporting creation of DAX measures when working in live connect mode to an external SSAS model: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/

                  Vote on this idea if you want support for calculated measures against multidimensional models too.

                  1,261 votes
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                    117 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • create multiple apps from same workspace

                    create multiple apps from same workspace infect from same Dataset without replicating the dataset multiple times.
                    only option we have now is to update the app and only one app per workspace can be created which a kind of restrict the workspace usability.
                    If we can create multiple apps share it with different users without creating multiple workspace ... means same dataset no dataset replication, will save the storage as well.

                    1,002 votes
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                      84 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Support for custom Power Query Functions in Dataflows

                      We really need support for custom functions in Dataflows. This is a huge limitation to dataflows today.

                      13 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Dataflows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Standard Usgae Metrics Reports

                        Need functionality to create standard usage metrics report that can show data for all reports across workspaces. Currently, metrics reports are valid only for same workspace/report but if it can be extended to all then it will be very helpful in monitoring the usage of dashboards/reports at Organization level with just one usage metrics report.

                        94 votes
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                          6 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • full screen in desktop mode

                          Enable full-screen mode when working on power bi desktop. Pretty often I need to display the current page in power bi desktop mode (without sync the page to office 365) and there is a space limit, some of the visualizations are small and unreadable.

                          124 votes
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                            3 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Open local files (file://) directly by click on url link as with (http://)

                            Currently open a local file from Desktop is not possible and from browser is very tedious as explained on May 2017 update:

                            https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/#urlTables

                            "If you want to use file URLs, there are some limitations. They will not open in the Power BI Desktop, only in web browsers. For most browsers, you will need to right click on the link, copy the link address, and paste the URL in a new tab"

                            It will be great if can be improved the way to open the files in same way as with web images or files (http://).

                            112 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Automatic update of Pinned Live Pages

                              A dashboard that is based on a pinned live page is not automatically updated when the dataset is updated.

                              Automatic update of Pinned Live Pages should be implemented as a feature.

                              224 votes
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                                19 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Rotate text box

                                Please add a basic feature with ability to rotate a text box. In many report I would like to use screen real estate effectively by having text vertically on the left allowing full height for visuals. All Office apps have this basic feature.

                                23 votes
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                                  2 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Make Desktop available through Microsoft Update (for versions of Windows before Windows 10)

                                  In September 2017 we announced that Power BI Desktop is available through the Windows Store, giving automatic updates: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-at-ignite-2017-announcing-enterprise-ready-capabilities-for-establishing-data-culture-at-scale/

                                  If you're not able to update to Windows 10, vote for this idea so that Power BI Desktop can be made available through Microsoft Update to older versions of Windows.

                                  292 votes
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                                    25 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Enable syncing of Page Filters across multiple pages

                                    The latest (Nov 2018) release of Power Bi Desktop had some really neat improvements to the Filter pane.
                                    One missing item is the ability to sync Page level filters across multiple (not ALL) pages.

                                    One can achieve this using Slicers but slicers take up space you have to completely hide it.

                                    Allowing Page level Filters to sync across selected pages will therefore ensure it can be used in scenarios where the filter needs to be applied to multiple but NOT ALL pages.

                                    11 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Take or Transfer Ownership of a Dataflow

                                      Add the ability to take or transfer ownership of a dataflow to another user. Currently all I see is a message indicating only the owner can edit the dataflow. This is needed to enhance maintainability and enable enterprise level support of a dataflow if the owner is out of office or leaves the company. At least the same take ownership option that is already available with datasets.

                                      10 votes
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                                        0 comments  ·  Dataflows  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Export to Powerpoint - Hide "Hidden" Pages

                                        Export to PowerPoint reveals "hidden" Pages, and the "hidden" pages contribute to the maximum of export limit of 15 pages. It would be great if:
                                        a) the hidden pages did not contribute to the maximum 15 pages
                                        b) the hidden pages were not revealed when exported to PowerPoint

                                        113 votes
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                                          14 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow 'Edit Interactions' for Filters pane, or add new collapsable "Canvas" pane

                                          I like the new Filters pane, but I think you really want to think about allowing the same kind of "Edit Interactions" for fields in the Filters pane as you do for any other visual.

                                          Here's why: I would dearly like to ditch slicers from a report in favour of the Filters pane in order to free up precious screen real-estate, but often slicers are set up so that they only filter *some* things and not others, whereas things in the Filters pane are global, as far as I can tell.

                                          I was hoping that the filters pane was going…

                                          9 votes
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                                            2 comments  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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