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The July 2017 Power BI Desktop updates, including new table and matrix visuals
Part three 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! (this blog)
  4. Incorporating custom visuals within Power BI Desktop
  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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Renaming fields - at last!

This is such a welcome change!  Often, you want to change the name of a field in a visual:

RegionName field

RegionName is a bit clunky - you'd like to shorten this to Region.


Previously you had to rename the field in the underlying table, but you can now just right-click on the field in the field well to rename it:

Renaming a field

Double-clicking works too, and is even easier.


You can now change the name of the field:

Change the name

You can change the field name just for this visual.


To revert to the underlying field name, you can just remove the field from the visual and then add it back again.

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