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    Matt Allington commented  · 

    @kasper, there is no malicious intent here. I read the ELA before posting and my clear understanding of "Third Party" is a party other than the 2 main parties to a contract. So Excel is not an Application owned by a Third Party, but an Application owned by the First Party. I am not a lawyer, but that is my understanding.

    https://goo.gl/4rUh8i

    Matt Allington commented  · 

    @jerome yes it is possible - this is exactly what the first paragraph states in my idea, but it is not scalable and it is labour intensive.

    I developed a tool to make it automatic http://exceleratorbi.com.au/excel-workbook-connection-local-power-bi-desktop/

    But I am asking Microsoft to provide a supported tool

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    From the comments and scenarios everyone’s describing, the problem is really that you need a way to allow end-users to change which measure is displayed in a visual on the fly.

    As a few folks have mentioned, the FORMAT function might help in the interim, as long as you’re showing the results in text rather than a chart. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dax/format-function-dax has details on how to use that.

    The expression-based formatting feature that we’ve started work on may help to a certain extent, but that’s really designed to change a visual’s properties rather than the data type or format. We’ll look into extending that work to support this scenario as well.

    We’re moving this to Backlog status – our core plan is to build ways that end-users can change the dimensions or measures that are visible in a chart on the fly. They’ll be able to explore much more freely rather than…

    Matt Allington commented  · 

    @Cheries Mewengkang, what you described will render the number as a text string in a table. This is not the same as changing the number format. If you change the number to a text string, you can't use it in charts or any other place that requires numbers (eg calcs)

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    Yes, absolutely required

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    Matt Allington commented  · 

    We have experienced this same issue. Once you understand the issue, you realise the problem. In Excel, I can create a connection to an SSAS cube, then build out a suite of reports that point to the data source. Down the track, if I need to change the data source, I can simply go in and repoint the connector to the new data source.

    In Power BI it doesn't work this way. Here is a use case.
    1. I create a content pack connected to a SSAS cube (via Gateway)
    2. A user connects to the content pack
    3. The user then copies the content pack so they can create their own reports
    4. The user invests hours of effort and builds out personal reports
    5. There needs to be a change to the Power BI PBIX file to repoint to another cube (for what ever reason). The change is made and the PBIX file is deployed, the content pack is updated.
    6. But the copy of the content pack no longer works because it points to the old connection. And there is no way that the user can over-ride the original connection and point it to the new connection.

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    Matt Allington commented  · 

    I have just had the same problem occur. Power BI Desktop is a great tool to manage version control and master backups of reports. But there is a significant effort and focus that goes into producing dashboards (eg pinning tiles) yet there is no way to back up this work. There needs to be some sort of version snap shop to allow us to recover in the scenario where someone accidentally deletes a dataset and that then deletes dashboard links. As an alternative/additional idea, maybe you could prompt a user with information about how many dashboard tiles and reports will be lost when deleting a report/dataset.

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    Please call it PQL pronounced Peequel, like SQL pronounced Seequel

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    Matt Allington commented  · 

    For a demo of the problem, take a look at this report in full wide screen, then resize your browser to 800x600
    https://app.powerbi.com/view?r=eyJrIjoiMWVhMmFhM2MtY2RmOS00NzJlLTlmZDgtOGE4MDdiYzgwNWI4IiwidCI6IjYwZTFmZjQwLTY4ZTAtNGUwNS1iOWJiLTExMDE3Y2M0NWNlOSIsImMiOjEwfQ%3D%3D

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