Microsoft Office training -  Power BI Desktop

Power BI Tools Training

Power BI Desktop (2 days)

£650 + VAT for most venues (£750 + VAT for London)

There are three parts to creating a Power BI Desktop report, all of which are covered by this two-day course.  Firstly, you'll learn how to get data from all manner of different sources, using Query Editor to manipulate the results; secondly, you'll learn how to create, format and use visualisations (tables, charts, gauges, maps and many more); and thirdly, you'll learn how to create calculated columns and measures using basic DAX language.  You'll also learn how to use Power BI Web, and get an overview of Power BI Mobile.  If you're not sure whether you want to book on this course or on our two-day Excel Power BI tools course, have a look here.

Course details

  • Locations for Power BI Desktop coursesLocations:London, Manchester
  • Next Power BI Desktop course locationNext course:Thu 24 November 2016
  • Power BI Desktop course timesTime:09.30-16.30

Course Contents

What is Power BI Desktop?

  • Training topicPower BI Desktop
  • Training topicPower BI Service
  • Training topicPower BI Mobile

Basic reports

  • Training topicGetting data
  • Training topicBasic visualisations
  • Training topicShapes, text boxes and images

Data sources

  • Training topicSQL Server / databases
  • Training topicExcel / text files
  • Training topicWebsites and web serivces

Query editor

  • Training topicFiltering rows
  • Training topicManipulating columns
  • Training topicWorking with data types

Advanced query editor

  • Training topicGrouping and pivoting
  • Training topicCreating new columns
  • Training topicBasic M formula language

Multiple tables

  • Training topicRelationships
  • Training topicFilter directions


  • Training topicCreating parameters
  • Training topicFiltering by parameter

Filtering data

  • Training topicSlicers
  • Training topicVisualisation level filters


  • Training topicInteractions
  • Training topic"See records" feature
  • Training topicHierarchies

Basic visualisations

  • Training topicFocus mode
  • Training topicChanging statistics
  • Training topicWorking with dates

Formatting visualisations

  • Training topicThe formatting panes
  • Training topicConditional formatting


  • Training topicWorking with charts
  • Training topicSpecific chart type issues

Other types of visualisation

  • Training topicWorking with matrices
  • Training topicWorking with cards

Dashboard visualisations

  • Training topicGauges
  • Training topicSingle-number visualisations
  • Training topicKPIs


  • Training topicCategorising data
  • Training topicIssues with maps

Calculated columns

  • Training topicAdding columns
  • Training topicIF and SWITCH
  • Training topicThe RELATED function


  • Training topicHow measures work/tuples
  • Training topicAdding measures
  • Training topicBasic DAX

Advanced measures

  • Training topicAggregateX functions
  • Training topicThe CALCULATE function
  • Training topicThe FILTER function
  • Training topicDAX variables

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Roles and security

  • Training topicCreating roles
  • Training topicDAX restrictions

Publishing reports

  • Training topicPower BI accounts
  • Training topicPower BI files (PBIX)

Power BI Service Overview

  • Training topicDifferences from PBI Desktop
  • Training topicWorkspaces
  • Training topicFavorites

Using Power BI Service

  • Training topicReports and dashboards
  • Training topicUsing tiles
  • Training topicPinning to dashboards

Overview of Excel tools

  • Training topicPower BI Publisher for Excel
  • Training topicAnalyze for Excel

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Overview of other tools

  • Training topicPower BI Mobile overview
  • Training topicPower BI Pro overview

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Sample customer feedback

"Trainer was really, really good. (Excel Business Modelling) The trainer explains things at the perfect speed. Content is pitched at correct level. (Excel VBA macros)"

David Pearson (BAE Systems)

"Lots to cover but followed a good pace and where required made it fit in with our requirements."

Pia Wilson (Trafalgar House Pensions Administration)

"Thought the examples really got you thinking."

Charles Omane (Liberty Retail plc)

"Great course. Manuals and exercises brilliant, trainer excellent and highly knowledgeable."

Nicholas Bosdet (Branston Ltd)

"A great course which moved along at the correct pace for the participants. It was good to get out for lunch (lovely food!) and to get away from the computers."

Jane Taylor (ConvaTec)

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Power BI Desktop is a standalone application, so there are no pre-requisites for attending this course.

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