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  1. Support cascading Drill through pages

    The drill through feature in the September release is great though only allows you to pass the one dimension value that has been right-clicked on onto the drill-through page.

    This excludes any drill-through filters that are already on the page which means that drill-through pages cannot be chained together. For example If I have a report showing performance across different locations, a drill through onto a specific location (showing performance by that location over time) and then I want to have another drill through page showing records for a date/location combination, the location drill through page will not pass the…

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      0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Enable direct bookmark links

      It seems an enhancement of bookmarks will be to allow the external linking directly to a bookmark definition. I could see many uses for this.

      Some examples:
      -Sending a user a link that takes them directly to the bookmarked content vs a link to the report & then instructions on how to select the proper bookmark.
      -Directly linking to a bookmark definition from another report.
      -For a report that provides status for multiple business units, divisions, or regions, being able to provide a launching page directly to a bookmark will eliminate confusion & mouse clicks.
      -This could be used to…

      7 votes
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        0 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Allow default filtering based on current user

        It would be nice, even if not essential, to allow a report to slice by default to the current user's data. For instance, I might envision:

        - A dimUser table that can slice by default to the USERNAME() output
        - A dimGeo table that can slice by default to the city/state/country of the session's IP address
        - ...and so forth

        40 votes
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          4 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Tooltip for Matrix visual (and others)

          For the Matrix and the Table Visuals (and others), tooltips simply show the value of the item over which the Pointer hovers. The behaviour of the tooltips differs from PBI Desktop to Browser in Terms of Duration of being shown and the truncation of longer texts.

          Other visuals (e.g. bar chart) have a customizable tooltip that can be filled by a special field well. Please add the same functionality to table and Matrix visuals!

          12 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Page-level Bookmark

            The current bookmark feature is basically for a Report-level bookmark. One of the limitation is having lots of bookmarks there. Imagine if we have 10 pages in a report, and each page has 5 pre-set filters saved as bookmark, there will be 50 bookmarks already. If we can have Page-level bookmark in addition to Report-level bookmark, that will be very great :)

            This is different from having a group of Report-level bookmarks in https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/31785322-bookmark-groups

            7 votes
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              3 comments  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Allow multiple credentials for the same Database in Enterprise Gateway

              Currently we get a "Duplicate data source" error when trying to create a second connection with different credentials to the same DB.
              The use case is where we have both sensitive and non-sensitive data in a SQL database. We'd like to create two connections to this DB, so that a superset of users can pulish non-sensitive data, but only those authorised can publish sensitive data.

              24 votes
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                4 comments  ·  Gateways (Enterprise and Personal)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • identify power bi pro content

                Whenever Power BI warns that "this dashboard has Power BI Pro content", provide a link to describe specifically what Pro content is included in the dashboard. For example, is it pro content because it's in a group workspace, or is it pro content because it's a direct query connection to an on-premise data source, etc.

                212 votes
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                  15 comments  ·  Licensing  ·  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.

                  4 votes
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                    1 comment  ·  Dashboard  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Alert for Success/Failure of Data Refresh

                    Currently, only the owner of a dataset is alerted if there is a failure of a scheduled refresh. If that person is not online, leaves, etc, no one else know of the failure until users complain.

                    There should be a way to set a generic notification for failures at the admin level so more can be alerted to check into what the failure is.

                    The ask is for an option in the admin portal to send alerts for report and/or data refresh failures to a group or to a specific email.

                    21 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Dynamic Distinct Data Colors

                      Today, we can define Data Colors for different Categories in most of visuals (Legend). However we have to define one color for each category statically. Let us assume, that we have a visual, which is dynamically populated with TOP 5 Categories out of 100. Those TOP 5 Categories, can vary, depending on the User Filter selection. This leads to the confusion, that 2 Categories (out of 100) can receive the same color. The idea is, to select 5 colors for those 5 TOP categories, disregarding which category will be "selected/displayed" - but what is most important - ALWAYS DISTINCT COLORS.

                      14 votes
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                        0 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Append multiple queries dialog should list the queries in alphabetical order

                        The "append 3 or more tables" dialog in Power Query is great, until you have more queries than you can see without scrolling. Unfortunately, the dialog returns the queries in the order they were created, rather than alphabetical order. Can you please either make it default to alphabetical or give us the option of ordering?

                        4 votes
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                          1 comment  ·  Data Preparation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Support selection of SQL 2017 Graph tables

                          In SQL Server 2017 and in Azure SQL DB we can define tables as nodes and edges in a directed graph. However such tables cannot be successfully selected in the Data Navigator. We get an error like the below:

                          DataSource.Error: Microsoft SQL: Cannot access internal graph column 'graph_id_DA79917676304E6A849230A64D9485F4'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'from_obj_id_C98F7F992C5D4CD183DC692C10EFECEF'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'from_id_06107BCD3F8241A4977B3E54AF9B8643'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'to_obj_id_9B026F1EEAA14C8D9538180EF68A2E94'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'to_id_93BF1D4D4E384A8FA8F5CF3BDE7BF68D'.
                          Details:
                          DataSourceKind=SQL
                          DataSourcePath=0106-02-0628-01\something;someDB
                          Message=Cannot access internal graph column 'graph_id_DA79917676304E6A849230A64D9485F4'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'from_obj_id_C98F7F992C5D4CD183DC692C10EFECEF'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'from_id_06107BCD3F8241A4977B3E54AF9B8643'.
                          Cannot access internal graph column 'to_obj_id_9B026F1EEAA14C8D9538180EF68A2E94'.
                          Cannot…

                          8 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Data Sources  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Enable specific security groups setting for 'Publish to web'

                            The "Publish to web" setting for portal administrators currently has the options of 'Enabled' or 'Disabled'. It would be beneficial to have this manageable in the same way as content packs so certain security (AAD) groups could be set as publishers.

                            128 votes
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                              15 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • BYOL scenario support for Power BI Report Server

                              Currently there's no option to install PBI RS on an Azure VM in a production environment.

                              Since:
                              1) There is a template to deploy an Azure VM with SQL + PBI RS, but that's for dev/test only
                              2) Customers with Enterprise Agreement with SA can already install PBI Report Server on-prem
                              3) It is possible to move licensing right to Azure VM for SQL EE thanks to BYOL templates

                              It would seem straightforward to support BYOL for PBI RS too.

                              That would ease the transition between a dev/test scenario (using the existing ready-to-go template) to a full production setup without…

                              6 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Report Server  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Format visualization "Title" with report themes

                                The "visualStyles" that can be applied in report themes, since the 2017-Sep release, are great! But from what I can tell, we can't use them to control the formatting options in the "Title" card, for all visualizations.

                                Even with something like...
                                "visualStyles": {"*": {"*": {"*": [{"fontFamily":"Arial", "fontSize": 10, "color": {"solid": {"color": "#000000"}}}]}}}
                                ...the visualization/chart titles are not affected!

                                Please let us control the formatting of titles, with report themes.

                                12 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Export visual as picture

                                  Having the ability to copy a visual (with applied highlighting) to paste into other applications would allow for reports to be written with narrative around each visual.

                                  If pasted into a Microsoft office application it could carry the link back to the relevant report (if permissions allowed) with the filters that feed the visual, essentially a bookmark link.

                                  Would be great if this would include all of the visual, rather than just what is displayed on screen, for example a matrix with all the rows. (Should also apply for printing)
                                  Could wrap the picture in a power bi branded frame…

                                  7 votes
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                                    0 comments  ·  Adoption  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • ArcGIS Map Colour Legend

                                    Would it be possible for the ArcGIS Map visual to have the ability to add a legend in the map for "Symbol color", such that a viewer can understand the span of values each colour represents?

                                    26 votes
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                                      1 comment  ·  Custom Visuals  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Trial test for Power BI Premium

                                      There should be a trial test for Power BI Premium. At least limited to only one workgroup, and only 1GB per dataset as it is for Power BI PRO. This way we can test its capacity and way to interact with Power BI Service and SQL Reporting Services (SSRS).

                                      10 votes
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                                        3 comments  ·  Adoption  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • "Copy to workspace" functionality for Apps

                                        Currently it seems that it's impossible for end-users to access the dataset in Power BI - only in Excel! That's kinda crazy - please enable similar "copy to workspace" functionality as content packs.
                                        In particular, it should be possible for users to copy a report from an App and customize it - we need this for several use cases.

                                        9 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Adoption  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow formatting datetimezone fields to user local timezone

                                          Typically date & time information is available in UTC (if not then put it to UTC at source), you just want it rendered in the users' locale/time zone at reporting time.

                                          Adding an option to format datetimezone fields in the users' locale/time zone (based on the user account settings) would probably solve 90+% of requirements for rendering time zone information.

                                          Currently MS does not provide for showing offset information (or local time zone) as you only have date/time format options, but in the query editor you can set type to datetimezone which show offset info so it's clearly available -…

                                          16 votes
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                                            1 comment  ·  Reports  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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