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Learning bookmarks in Power BI Desktop
Part one 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? (this blog)
  2. Creating, naming and connecting to bookmarks
  3. Using the DATA option of Bookmarks
  4. Using the Display option of Bookmarks
  5. Using the ALL/SELECTED option of bookmarks

Posted by Sam Lowrie on 14 March 2018

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Bookmarks - What are they, and why should you care?

Bookmarks have lurked in preview mode of Power BI Desktop for half a year or more, but now Microsoft have finally released them into the wild! In this blog I'll cover the who, how and where of bookmarks.

Bookmarks Power Bi Desktop

So mysterious - just waiting to be clicked on!


The idea behind bookmarks is to allow seamless transition between pages, to tell a story or even to control access to pages within a report. One example would be creating a home page like this:

Bookmarks Clip art

You should be able to click on a product to see its data.

To accomplish this you used to have to drill through on a table containing these images as URLs, but now you can use bookmarks to let a user move from one page to another:

Amphibian filtering bookmarks

Clicking the rather fine frog will take us to a pre-filtered page, looking at amphibian sales.

On the linked page there is a home button to return you to the first page. Using bookmarks you can choose the page to move to, which visuals are showing, what filters are applying and which visuals are affected.

This blog was written using the 2018 March release of bookmarks - subsequent editions may change.

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