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A summary of the new features of Power BI Desktop introduced in November 2017
Part five of a five-part series of blogs

There's not too much to whet the appetite here: most of the changes are extensions to existing features, such as conditional formatting and column-by-example.

  1. Power BI Desktop - November 2017 Update Highlights
  2. Adding Columns from Examples - Further Improvements
  3. Rules-based conditional formatting for tables and matrices
  4. Controlling Table and Matrix Cell Alignment
  5. Locking objects to prevent moving/resizing them (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 15 November 2017

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Locking objects to prevent moving/resizing them

The selection pane introduced in last month's update now has an additional tick box, allowing you to lock objects:

Locking objects

You can prevent accidental resizing or moving of things on a report.


What this means is that when you select a visualisation, many of the usual handles are missing:

A locked visualisation

Compare this ...

Here's what this visualisation would normally look like:

Visualisation not locked

... with this.

The locking is rendered less useful by the fact that the setting isn't saved with a report, so you'll have to reapply it each time that you open a report.

To find out more about features like this, book onto one of our classroom Power BI courses.  We also run the same courses online, so you can attend from anywhere in the world!

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