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

By far the biggest new feature in the March 2018 update of Power BI Desktop is bookmarks (so big, in fact, that it gets a summary treatment in this blog and a separate, longer blog all to itself).

  1. Power BI Desktop - March 2018 Update - New Features (this blog)
  2. Bookmarks
  3. Formatting columns of numbers or dates in a table or matrix
  4. Suppressing display headers for visuals in published reports
  5. Features still in preview as of March 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 20 March 2018

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Power BI Desktop - March 2018 Update - New Features

This month's quote from the Microsoft update page:

We're feeling lucky as a four-leaf clover about this month's updates to Power BI Desktop.

They really need to stop having a monthly quote (and I need to stop indulging them by reproducing it here).

There aren't many updates this month which we feel will be of interest to most business users, so the bookmarks update does rather dominate:

Update Notes
Bookmarks This huge new feature has finally emerged from the preview shadows.
Number formatting At long, long last you can format a number in a table or matrix independently of the underlying data model - except you can't, really ...
Suppressing headers You can now choose to turn off the visual header when viewing a report in anything other than edit mode.

As is becoming a tradition, I've also included a summary of generally useful features stuck in preview, so you can see what's coming to a computer near you in the near future.

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