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Anyone who uses PowerBI long enough has had a PBIX with 50-60 measures and it has become time consuming and tedious to mantain. In Excel you can do a quick find/replace to edit several formulas - in PowerBI you need to select each one individually. An "excel-like" interface for editing measures would save a lot of time! This would take PowerBI to the next level regarding productivity. I've prepared a mockup for this as well as a DAX Editor. Let me know what you think.

Mockup: https://i.imgur.com/z6TBOQb.png?1
STATUS DETAILS
Under Review

We've been leaning on the community tools like Tabular Editor, DAX Studio, BISM Normalizer, to provide high-end DAX editing capabilities. We don't have any short-term plans to add more DAX management tools to the product, but we'll be looking at ways to better integrate those tools. 

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I'm sure the community tools are great. But, like many I'm in a locked down organisational setting and getting access to these would take an effort of persuasion and promotion I just don't have time for. If the "community tools" are approved by you then PBi should ship with them pre-loaded (or at least available to load).

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The idea "List where a column or measure is used in a report" would be very useful as part of this.


Since the encouraged method is to have a separate model and reporting, it would also be helpful to trace dependencies between reports.

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In SSAS Multi multidimensional, there was an option for editing all measures in script mode.


That was awesome and very easy to mange.


But in power BI it seems Microsoft is going in reverse direction, that kind of functionality is expected by default.

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I don't think that it's ideal to have to lean on community tools to do this, they should be built into Power BI by default.

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One big problem with using the current external tools is that modifying TOM objects (table names, measure names, column names) BREAKS ALL RELATED VISUALS.


For more information and a proposed solution:
https://ideas.powerbi.com/ideas/idea/?ideaid=cebfd447-ed3b-ec11-a3ee-501ac524bb37

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Having a dynamic mapping, ideally done in the query editor, so that a dashboard designed for a particular data set can be fully or partly reused for another data set that has different measure names and potentially not all of measures.

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I would like a way to better organize the measures and calculated columns that are created. Currently measures and calculated columns are placed amongst the table columns alphabetically. In order to organize the measures, I need to build a standard naming convention to keep them together. This is even more important as the data models become quite complex with many measures. I would like a way of storing measures in folders within the table so I can flexibility on how they are categorized and their purpose.

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Please add a better solution/UI to create and manage measures. Measures are the core of what makes Power BI stand out from the rest. At the moment it is quite difficult to find measures (they are listed in alphabetical order with all other database fields. There is no holistic overview of measures across tables and there is no easy way to bulk create edit them. Also it is not possible to see the value of the measure as in Excel PowerPivot. This is a great way to debug your measures by filtering the table and seeing the value change.

I think the ideal solution is a "Manage Measures Dialogue" similar to the Defined Names dialog in Excel.

You have a list of Measures with information about the location, formula, formatting, desxcription and values. You can select multiple measures, rename them, format them, add descriptions etc.

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We don't need "high-end" capabilities. We need simple things:
1. A UI that is dedicated to writing, organizing, and formatting measures.
2. Get the "formula" bar out of the way.
3. Fix having to wait on "adding calculation to model".

None of these should require a third-party tool.

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Press CTRL-D twice and start typing!

https://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Tip-Checkout-these-awesome-keyboard-shortcuts/td-p/1689642