Microsoft Power BI

A Power BI dashboard is made up of tiles that, together, tell a story. Because it’s limited to one page, a well-designed dashboard contains only the most important elements of that story. You can’t edit the dashboard, but there are several ways to use the data to monitor your business and make data-backed decisions.

Hover to view details

Tiles on a dashboard are more than just pictures. Hover over a tile to view details about the data behind the visual on both dashboards and reports.

Collapse the nav pane

The first thing you might notice is that the navigation pane is still available for you to move around in Power BI. Because you’re going to concentrate on the report canvas at this time, collapse the navigation pane by selecting the “hamburger” icon.

Visit report pages

When you receive a new report, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the data and insights it contains. A good way to start is by visiting each of the report pages. Report page names are now in a list in a vertical pane. Select a name to display that page.

Change report view options

Reports can be viewed on many different devices, with varying screen sizes and aspects.

The View menu has many options that control how your report page displays. Select the option that works best for your screen size, the audience you are presenting to, and your personal preference.

View bookmarks in your report

A report designer might give you alternative views of the same data. For example, while one view shows data for the Central region, another view shows data for the Southern region, and a third for the Northern region. By selecting a bookmark, you can switch between the three different views of the same report page.

Not all reports have bookmarks. To determine if your report does, open the Bookmarks menu.

Understand the way your report is filtered

When a colleague shares a report with you, be sure to look at the Filters pane. Filters let your colleagues highlight specific data, usually by not showing all of the available information.

The Filters pane shows the filters that are applied to the current report, report page, and visual.

If the filter has the word “All” next to it, that means every value in the field is included in the filter.

Enlarge a dashboard tile or report visual

Occasionally, you’ll have a dashboard or report that is a little crowded. You can useFocus mode to zoom in on one visual. Hover over the visual to reveal the action menu and then select Open in focusmode or the focus icon.

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