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Learning bookmarks in Power BI Desktop
Part four of a five-part series of blogs

You can use bookmarks to take your reports to the next level - they take a while to get used to, as this blog shows, but they're worth the hassle!

  1. Bookmarks - What are they, and why should you care?
  2. Creating, naming and connecting to bookmarks
  3. Using the DATA option of Bookmarks
  4. Using the Display option of Bookmarks (this blog)
  5. Using the ALL/SELECTED option of bookmarks

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 14 March 2018

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Using the Display option of Bookmarks

This page only covers the Display option for bookmarks (see other pages n this blog for the Data and All/Selected Visuals options).

Display Data Slicer Bookmark

Most of the time you will have all three options ticked - time to find out what the Display option does!

Display concerns spotlighting and selection pane settings (ie whether visuals are set on or off in the selection pane). To demonstrate this, here's another pre-made page containing some visuals:

Display visuals

Benny is ready to sink his teeth into these visuals!

To mix things up I want to make two different bookmarks: one where Benny appears to have eaten the chart, and the other where he appears to have eaten the table. To do this I'll use the selection pane to choose what is visible:

Seleciton pane bookmarks

Using the selection pane you can hide or unhide objects. With the eye symbol showing, an image is visible within the report.


You can also use spotlighting to make one visual really stand out and have all the others appear in faded grey. I want the chart to stand out so I click the ellipsis:

Spotlight power bi desktop

Sadly right now you can only create a single spotlight.

Now I'll create this as a bookmark and do the same thing, but this time hide the chart and spotlight the table instead:

Power bi desktop display bookmark Power bi desktop display off bookmark
One with Display on (called Chart) The other with Display off, called Table

At creation my two visuals look like this:

Power bi desktop spotlight bookmark Power bi desktop spotlight bookmark
Bad Benny has eaten the table! This time he munched the chart!

When I try to navigate using a bookmark onto my Chart bookmark everything is fine. Navigating to the Table bookmark however results in disappointment:

Spotlighting Beaver

Clearly he wasn't hungry enough to eat anything. All the visuals are visible and nothing is spotlighted!

When the Display option is off, Power BI Desktop will maintain the current visual settings; when it's on, Power Bi Desktop will change the visual settings to match those of the bookmark's visuals.

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