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New features in the October 2017 update of Power BI Desktop
Part three of a three-part series of blogs

On the minus side, the changes introduced in this update (mainly a selection pane and spotlight facility) are tiny, but on the plus side there is a huge new feature (bookmarks) waiting in the wings in preview mode.

  1. New Power BI Desktop features in the October 2017 Update
  2. Use the Selection Pane to Toggle Visibility of Report Items
  3. Spotlighting visualisations (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 09 October 2017

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Spotlighting visualisations

You can click on the menu at the top right of a visualisation to make it stand out:

Spotlight menu option

Here we are about to turn the spotlight onto a pie chart.


Spotlighting a visualisation dims all of the others, without hiding them:

A spotlit chart

When you click off the spotlit visualisation (here the pie chart), the others on the page reappear.


Both spotlighting and the selection pane may seem a bit pointless at this stage, but they both allow you to use a new bookmark facility (which is, alas, still in preview mode).

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