A summary of the changes for the September 2017 update to Power BI Desktop
Part one of a six-part series of blogs

The September 2017 Power BI Desktop update introduces ribbon charts, a feature to explain the increase or decrease for any chart point and a drill-through feature allowing you to temporarily switch to a summary page.

  1. What's New in Power BI Desktop - September 2017 Update (this blog)
  2. Drill-through to a Summary Report Page
  3. Ribbon Charts
  4. Automatically explaining the increase or decrease
  5. Showing Keyboard Short-Cuts
  6. Preview Features

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few months, see this blog.  Our two-day Power BI Desktop course always uses the latest version of the software.

Posted by Andy Brown on 12 September 2017

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What's New in Power BI Desktop - September 2017 Update

This update contains two completely new features - drill-through and ribbon charts - although my personal favourite is the ability to show keyboard short-cuts.  Here's what's new:

Feature Notes
Drill-through You can now right-click on any table or chart row/series to see a summary of its region, year, product, division ...
Ribbon chart Ribbon charts are like stacked charts, but the order of stacking varies for each colulmn.
Explaining changes This preview feature allows you to explain why a particular number in a chart has increased or decreased over the last period.
Keyboard short-cuts A wonderful innovation: you can now type a question-mark to see the available Power BI Desktop short-cuts.
Preview features A summary of the features stuck in preview mode (that is, those which you have to enable to use).

There are some good new features here, although I worry that some of the right-mouse button menus are beginning to get a bit cluttered! 

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