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A summary of the new features of Power BI Desktop introduced in November 2017
Part one 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 (this blog)
  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

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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Power BI Desktop - November 2017 Update Highlights

This is one of the smallest updates for some time.  The big story is what ISN'T included (bookmarks and quick measures remain stuck in preview limbo). 

There are also some impressive new custom visuals - image timelines, social network maps, Venn diagrams and HTML viewers anyone? - although I found it hard to work out how to implement some of these.

Here are the things that we think that business users will find interesting:

Feature Notes
Column by example improvements This already excellent feature gets better and better: you can now create conditional rules and data buckets, as two examples.
Conditional formatting You no longer have to accept default scaling, but can instead set your own colour thresholds.
Cell alignment In tables and matrices you can set the horizontal alignment of column headers, fields and totals.
Locking objects You can use the new selection pane to prevent people accidentally moving or resizing your visuals.

I did say there weren't any huge changes! 

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