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The July 2017 Power BI Desktop updates, including new table and matrix visuals
Part six 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
  5. Relative date slicers and filters
  6. Responsive visuals which adapt to your screen size (this blog)
  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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Responsive visuals which adapt to your screen size

I understand exactly what this should do; I just can't get it to work!  See if you can do better.

The theory

Reports should look good on anything from your mobile phone to your chief executive's 19" desktop screen.  To ensure this happens, Microsoft have introduced responsive visuals:

Responsive visuals

As you change the size of your screen, visuals should show different titles and captions.

The above diagram is taken from the Microsoft webpage explaining about responsive visuals.

How to implement responsive visuals

This feature is in preview mode, but unusually you can turn it on from within the formatting toolbar.  Select the visual, then change this property:

Turn preview on

Switch responsive visuals on using this property.


Note that this isn't available for all visuals, although the list is pretty comprehensive.

The practice

I must be doing something wrong, as all that happens when I change the size of my chart is that it gets bigger or smaller!

Smaller ... ... and larger

I even tried publishing the visuals and viewing them in phone mode, but still can't get the feature to work as intended.  If anyone can tell me what I'm doing wrong, I'd be grateful! 

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