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New features in the January 2018 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 11 January 2018

This month introduces a smorgasbord of small but useful updates, including the ability to hide pages, colour data labels and to set the anchor (from) date for a relative date slicer.

How to use an unpivot transform in Power BI Desktop (or PowerPivot) Query Editor

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2018

If you get data in pivot (two-dimensional) form, you can unpivot it to get the underlying rows, and hence produce charts and visuals. This blog shows how!

New features in the December 2017 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 January 2018

Field descriptions anyone? This is a fairly minor update, although we like responsive horizontal slicers, and there are some exciting things coming up in preview mode.

How to write an M formula to convert Julian dates using Power Query

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 December 2017

This short blog explains how to convert Julian dates to "normal" ones, and how the formula used actually works!

How to reuse a query created in Query Editor or Power Query

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 November 2017

This short blog explains how you can copy and paste the steps of a query that you've created in Power Query (within Power BI Desktop). The steps also work for queries created in Power Query within Excel.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI Desktop | Query editor

A summary of the new features of Power BI Desktop introduced in November 2017

Posted by Andy Brown on 15 November 2017

There's not too much to whet the appetite here: most of the changes are extensions to existing features, such as conditional formatting and column-by-example.

New features in the October 2017 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 October 2017

On the minus side, the changes introduced in this update (mainly a selection pane and spotlight facility) are tiny, but on the plus side there is a huge new feature (bookmarks) waiting in the wings in preview mode.

A summary of the changes for the September 2017 update to Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 September 2017

The September 2017 Power BI Desktop update introduces ribbon charts, a feature to explain the increase or decrease for any chart point and a drill-through feature allowing you to temporarily switch to a summary page.

Loading live web data into Excel without writing VBA code to scrape HTML

Posted by Andy Brown on 21 August 2017

Need to get tables of data into Excel from a website? There's no need to write lots of VBA code to scrape the site - just use Power Query to create a live link to the relevant page(s).

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI - Excel | Power Query

Changes made in August 2017 to Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2017

A quiet month, after the frenetic activity of the July update, sees lots of small changes to matrices, tables and charts, but no single big update.

The July 2017 Power BI Desktop updates, including new table and matrix visuals

Posted by Andy Brown on 13 July 2017

This is a bigger update than usual, with the highlight undoubtedly being the official roll-out of the much-trailed new table and matrix visuals.

Adding row-level security to Power BI reports

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2017

To prevent the wrong people seeing the wrong data in your reports, you can create row-level security (for example, so only the London regional manager can see London data). This blog explains how!

What Power BI gives you for free, and when and how to pay for extra services

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 July 2017

You can create and publish reports using Power BI Desktop and Power BI Service, both of which are free, but to share them you'll need to pay either for Power BI Pro or Power BI Premium. This blog explains when you'll need to start spending money, and what your options are.

How to share dashboards and reports in Power BI Service

Posted by Andy Brown on 04 July 2017

There are a fair few ways to let others see your masterworks: you can create an app, share a dashboard or create and share a report URL. This blog explains all of the ways that you can choose to share your Power BI reports and/or dashboards.

Creating app workspaces to share content with others in Power BI

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 July 2017

You can package reports, datasets and dashboards into app workspaces, and share these with other people in your organisation and beyond (these used to be called content packs). This blog explains how to do this, and why you'll need Power BI Pro to do so.

Creating gateways and refreshing reports in Power BI Service

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 July 2017

Naturally you want the reports that you publish to Power BI Service to be up to date, but the rules are fiendishly complex. This blog explains when and how to create the two types of gateway, and how to ensure your reports refresh.

Find the many ways to interact directly between Excel and Power BI Service

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 June 2017

You can pull Excel workbooks (or individual data ranges) into Power BI Service, or push them from Excel using a special add-in. This blog shows how to use both approaches, as well as the underwhelming Analyze in Excel feature.

Tags:   Excel | PowerPivot    |    Power BI Desktop | Power BI Service

Publishing reports, editing them in Power BI Service and using dashboards/tiles

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 June 2017

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.

Online Power BI Service training - publishing, sharing, refreshing data, etc

Posted by Andy Brown on 29 June 2017

When you've created a report in Power BI Desktop, what happens next? This comprehensive online Power BI training shows how to publish reports, edit them online, get insights into your data, link to Excel, share reports, apply security, control what happens when you refresh your reports and much more!

The most important changes included in the June 2017 Power BI Desktop update

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 June 2017

This update includes lots of nice features, such as line markers and the ability to change font typefaces, as well as many more changes!

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