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What is new in the April 2018 Power BI Desktop update
Part six of a six-part series of blogs

This month's update allows users to add customisable buttons to a report, incorporates a numeric slicer and includes a few other smaller changes.

  1. New features in the April 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
  2. Action buttons
  3. Numeric slicers
  4. Changing the line and marker style for combination charts
  5. Choose your organisational custom visuals
  6. Features still in preview as of April 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 07 April 2018

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Features still in preview as of April 2018

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

Preview features

The list is the shortest it's been for some months!

Here's a quick run-down of the main features waiting in the wings:

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 4
Custom report themes These are like Microsoft Office themes, allowing you to change the look and feel of all your reports.  7 4
Custom data connectors You'll be able to define your own connections to data sources, using the M language. 2 4
Q&A You'll be able to ask questions within published reports, and not just dashboards. 3 4
Dates as a hierarchy When you create a date hierarchy, this will appear in the field well. 2 4
Report page tooltips You'll be able to specify that when a user hovers over a visual they will be able to see a scaled down preview of another page as a tooltip. 6 2


  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.

For this owl the only really exciting feature waiting in preview is custom report themes, which I'm hoping will make it easier to apply standard formatting across multiple reports.

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