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Power BI Desktop - January 2017 update
Part five of a five-part series of blogs

A summary of the (small) changes in Microsoft's January 2017 Power BI Desktop update.

  1. Power BI Desktop - January 2017 update
  2. Word Wrap in Column Headings
  3. Conditional Formatting of Blank Values in a Matrix or Table
  4. Summarising to show earliest/latest dates, or first/last text
  5. Creating Phone Optimised Reports (this blog)

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 08 February 2017

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Creating Phone Optimised Reports

There's really not much to say about this, except to show how it works.

This feature has been in Power BI Desktop preview mode for a couple of months now, but it's finally been promoted into the finished product.

So you're creating a report, and you want to do so in phone view.  Here's what to do.  First click on the View tab:

The View tab

Click on the View tab of the ribbon while designing your report.


As the caption says, switch between master and phone view:

Switch to phone view

Click on this tool to toggle between normal and phone view.


What you can now do is drag existing visualisations that you've created onto your phone view:

Phone view

You can drag visualisations on to your phone template to see how they look, but that's about it!

Power BI Desktop does a great job of making published dashboards look good on a mobile phone.  I can't quite see the point of this feature!

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