New features in the January 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part four of a six-part series of blogs

This month introduces a smorgasbord of small but useful updates, including the ability to hide pages, colour data labels and to set the anchor (from) date for a relative date slicer.

  1. January 2018 updates for Power BI Desktop
  2. Features in preview for the January 2018 update
  3. Showing and hiding pages
  4. Changing the background colour of data labels (this blog)
  5. Changing the areas of a chart assigned to labels and bars
  6. Anchor dates for relative date slicers

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 11 January 2018

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Changing the background colour of data labels

I really like this feature, even though it's only a small change.  Here's how data labels looked beforehand:

Plain data labels

These data labels desperately need a background colour!

 

So now you can set a background colour for data labels:

Background colour for data labels

Turn on the Show background property as shown, then choose your label background colour and transparency.

 

The results speak for themselves!

Coloured data labels

Much better!

 

Unfortunately data label colours only apply for "Cartesian and map visuals" (which category does not include donut charts, it seems, as this was the first chart type I tried using them in).  I'm sure this restriction will be removed in the next update or so.

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