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

Field descriptions anyone? This is a fairly minor update, although we like responsive horizontal slicers, and there are some exciting things coming up in preview mode.

  1. December 2017 Updates
  2. Field descriptions
  3. Scatter charts now compare numerical values
  4. Responsive slicers
  5. Drilling down filters all visuals for a page
  6. Undocumented new features (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 04 January 2018

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Undocumented new features

I'm probably being a bit unfair to Microsoft here.  I think that these are changed features, but it's possible I'm wrong and I just hadn't noticed the changes in previous releases.

Arrows to change font size

I swear these weren't there before!

Text font arrows

These arrows are very welcome!


Moving to front/sending to back in the selection pane

Last month I blogged about how you can choose to select different items on a report:

Selection pane

Enabling the selection pane.

You can now change the Z-order of items (that is, whether they appear in front of or behind other items):


Click on an arrow to move the selected item in front of or behind other items.


And with that, I think I've finished showing the interesting updates for December 2017! 

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