New features in the February 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part one of a nine-part series of blogs

You can now search for formatting properties, have slicers which work across pages and create quick measures, among other new features.

  1. Power BI Desktop - February 2018 update new features (this blog)
  2. Search for a formatting property
  3. Quick Measures
  4. Synchronising slicers across report pages
  5. Multi-select data points in a chart
  6. Overflow data labels
  7. Marking date tables as such
  8. Extra DAX functions
  9. Features still in preview as of February 2018

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few year or two, see this blog.  Our two-day Power BI Desktop course always uses the latest version of the software.

Posted by Andy Brown on 15 February 2018

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Power BI Desktop - February 2018 update new features

I think on this occasion I will quote the Microsoft Power BI Desktop update page:

"Our hearts are full of love for the updates to Power BI Desktop this month, and we hope that you'll find them just as sweet as a box of chocolates."

Hopefully whoever wrote that has been put on gardening leave!  However, there are lots of goodies this month:

Feature Notes
Search for formatting feature You can now search formatting properties to find the one you want.
Quick measures This preview feature has finally gone live, allowing you to add a wide range of automatic calculations to a report.
Sync slicers You can synchronise slicer choices across all of the pages in a report.
Multi-select in charts You can select different data points in different charts, with all of your choices now combining to filter visuals on the same page.
Overflow data labels If your data labels don't fit inside a bar or column, they can now overflow.
Marking date tables You can now mark a date table as being a date table (this feature has been available in PowerPivot for some time).
New DAX functions You can now show today's date and time in coordinated universal time (UTC).

As for last month, I've also included a summary of the features currently stuck in preview limbo, so you can see what's coming down the line. 

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