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 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 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.

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