Changes in the June 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop
Part three of a four-part series of blogs

There are hardly any changes in this update - the only significant one is that you now sort and filter data within Power BI Desktop itself, rather than having to go into Query Editor.

  1. Changes in June 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop
  2. In situ sorting and filtering of tables of data
  3. Various small improvements to specific chart types (this blog)
  4. Features still in preview in the June 2018 update

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 09 June 2018

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Various small improvements to specific chart types

Microsoft have made a few tiny chart improvements, as detailed under separate headings below.

Slimmed down (or fattened up) donut charts

Donut charts now have an Inner radius property:

Inner radius

Change the inner radius to change the size of the donut!

 

Here are two examples:

80% inner radius 30% inner radius
80% inner radius 30% inner radius

How do you turn a donut into a pie?  Answer: set its inner radius to 100%.  Except disappointingly, you can't - the maximum value you can enter is 95%.

Pie and donut chart label position

You can now choose to position labels inside the slices of a pie or donut chart:

Label position

For the chart shown below, I selected Prefer inside. For this option Power BI may move labels outside the pie or donut chart slices. If you choose Inside, for a small pie chart some labels just won't appear.

 

Power BI was able to position the labels inside the slices - sort of:

Labels inside

The labels are inside the slices - well, ish.

 

Individually formattable combo chart element data labels

You can now format each combo chart's data series' labels differently:

Different data label formatting

But ... would you really want to?

The option to invoke this is a bit clunky.  Initially things look normal:

Customize series

It's only when you turn the Customize series property on (as shown at the bottom of this screen shot) that you can format different series data labels differently.

 

Once you've turned this property on, you can specify how an individual series set of labels should appear:

Customising one series

Here I'm setting how the Total series labels will appear.

 

Every little helps, I guess! 

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