New features in the January 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part one 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 (this blog)
  2. Features in preview for the January 2018 update
  3. Showing and hiding pages
  4. Changing the background colour of data labels
  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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January 2018 updates for Power BI Desktop

Here are the changes included to Power BI Desktop for the January 2018 monthly update:

Feature Notes
Hiding pages You can now hide report pages which you're still working on them.
Data label colours You can set background colours for "Cartesian" chart data labels, to help them stand out.
Chart proportion changes You can set aside a larger percentage of a chart for axis labels, and change the spacing between bars and columns.
Relative date slicer anchor You can tell a relative date slicer to work things out from an anchor date that you specify (rather than from today).
Preview features The current state of features still waiting in preview.

I will blog on features like bookmarks and quick measures when - or if - they are ever rolled out from preview!

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