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The July 2017 Power BI Desktop updates, including new table and matrix visuals
Part four of a seven-part series of blogs

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.

  1. Updates to Power BI Desktop - July 2017
  2. New table and matrix visuals
  3. Renaming fields - at last!
  4. Incorporating custom visuals within Power BI Desktop (this blog)
  5. Relative date slicers and filters
  6. Responsive visuals which adapt to your screen size
  7. Breakdown option in waterfall charts

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 13 July 2017

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Incorporating custom visuals within Power BI Desktop

When you want to add a custom visual, you can now do this directly:

Custom visuals from store

These tools on the HOME tab of the ribbon make it easy to import a custom visual.


it's also now much easier to find the custom visual you want:

Finding a custom visual

Just find the visual you want to include, then add it.

There's no need any longer to import the file, then add this as a custom visual - for the above example, this is what you see next:

Custom visual imported OK

The visual is imported directly into the report.

You can now see the custom visual in the visuals toolbar:

Custom visuals toolbar

This is so much easier than it used to be!


And finally ... for those who are curious to know what a word cloud visual looks like, here is one for the list of shopping centres in the UK:

A word cloud

The word cloud shows that (unsurprisingly) Shopping is the most commonly used word.

One oddity: it seems that the format painter doesn't work for custom visuals.  This has probably always been the case, but I've only just noticed it.

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