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New features in the February 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part nine 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
  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 (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 15 February 2018

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Features still in preview as of February 2018

Here are the features in preview after the February 2018 update:

Preview features

Lots to get excited about!

Here's my subjective analysis of what's to come (missing out the ones which are self-explanatory):

Feature Notes Rating Months
Shape map visual This will allow you to colour different states, countries, districts, etc, if ever Microsoft should decide to release it. 4 2
Custom report themes These are like Microsoft Office themes, allowing you to change the look and feel of all your reports.  7 2
Numeric range slicer This will allow you to show (for example) all sales between 10 and 20 thousand.  6 2
Custom data connectors You'll be able to define your own connections to data sources, using the M language. 2 2
Bookmarks These will let you capture any filters applied to a page, allowing you to revisit it in the future. 6 2
Q&A You'll be able to ask questions within published reports, and not just dashboards. 3 2
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 2
My organisation custom visuals You'll be able to create a category on the Power BI website to contain custom visuals approved for use within your organisation. 4 1


  1. The subjective Wise Owl rating goes from 1 (of little importance for most Power BI Desktop users) up to 10 (will have a huge impact on your everyday report designs).
  2. The final column shows the number of months that each feature has spent in preview since I started tracking it (the current winner must surely be shape map visuals). 
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