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The most important changes included in the June 2017 Power BI Desktop update
Part nine of a nine-part series of blogs

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

  1. Changes for the June 2017 update for Power BI Desktop
  2. Data Bars in the Preview Table and Matrix Visualisations
  3. Chart Line Markers and Line Effects
  4. Making reports accessible to people with disabilities
  5. Changes to maps
  6. Improvements to the Column by Example feature
  7. Horizontal slicers can now contain images
  8. Font family support for visuals
  9. Changes for combination charts (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 26 June 2017

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Changes for combination charts

Previously, combination charts could be misleading:

Combo chart

It's confusing that the 0 mark on the two axes is at different points.

You can now solve this by aligning the zero on each scale:

Align zeros property

You often need to use the tiny inner scroll bar to see this Y-Axis property.


Much better!

Zeros align

The zeros now align on the two charts.

However, if you set custom scaling on either of the two charts in a combo chart, the zeros no longer align (that's what my experience shows, at any rate).

While on the subject of combo charts, you can turn your line chart into an area one by setting the new Shade area:

Shade area

The new Shade area property.


The results are ... a bit odd, I think:

Shade area

You can change the colour of the area by changing the line chart data colour.

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