Publishing reports, editing them in Power BI Service and using dashboards/tiles
Part five of a six-part series of blogs

This blog shows how to publish reports that you've created in Power BI Desktop to Power BI Service. The blog also shows how you can create and edit reports online, how to create dashboards and add tiles, and how to get insights into your data.

  1. Using Power BI Service (publishing, dashboards, etc.)
  2. Publishing to Power BI Service
  3. Creating and editing reports in Power BI Service
  4. Creating dashboards and basic tiles
  5. Adding tiles from other sources to a dashboard (this blog)
  6. Analysing data within Power BI Service

This blog is part of a much longer series, which together comprise a full online training course in Power BI Service.  You can see get details of our classsrom Power BI training courses here.

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 June 2017

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Adding tiles from other sources to a dashboard

When viewing a dashboard, you can add a tile to it from any source:

Adding a tile

Click on this option to add a tile.

You can then choose one of the following types of tile:

Add tile options

The options for adding tiles - see below for an example of each.

The rest of this page shows an example of each, under separate headings.

Web Content tiles

This allows you to insert HTML within your report, which can be a Twitter feed, video, web page or any other content in HTML.  Here's an example:

Wise Owl web page

This will display the Wise Owl website home page - I used to create the code.

The result - a tile containing content from a web page:

Web content tile

Hopefully you can think of more imaginative content to include!


If you have the URL of an image, you can display it in tile:

USB stick image tile

This will display a picture of a USB stick.

And here's what an image tile looks like (very imagey, I guess):

The image displayed

The tile displays the image set as its URL source.

Text Box Tiles

Text box tiles are fairly straightforward:

Text box tile example

This will display the text typed in.

Here's the result:

The resulting tile

There's really not a great deal more to say about text box tiles!

Video Tiles

These allow you to embed a video within a dashboard - for example:

Video tile example

This will display a Wise Owl video (a tutorial on PowerPivot, as it happens).


The result looks quite impressive:

Video tile in use

You can watch a video as part of the dashboard.

Real-time data (custom streaming)

Finally, you can display real-time data in a tile.  I don't claim to be an expert in the three types of data that you can display in a dashboard (Push, Streaming and PubNub), but this Microsoft webpage explains the difference.

If you choose this option, you'll go through a wizard.  First choose to add a streaming dataset:

Add a streaming dataset

Click on the button shown!

Next, choose the source of your data:

Choose API or PubNub

Choose which type of data streaming you want to use.


If you choose API, you can create a dataset:

API dataset

You can probably tell at this point that I've left my comfort zone!

This creates a Push API schema:

The PUSH API schema

The schema created.

And there I'm going to leave this, hoping that streaming datasets mean more to other people than they do to me!

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