A summary of the new features in the July 2018 update to Power BI Desktop
Part one of a seven-part series of blogs

This month sees features allowing you to change the appearance of the icons at the top right of each visual, and also to change the appearance of the wallpaper surrounding a report, but otherwise all of the enhancements are fairly minor.

  1. New Features for the July 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop (this blog)
  2. Visual headers (a new way to display visual titles)
  3. Wallpaper formatting
  4. Minor changes to tooltips, the formatting pane and slicers
  5. Minor chart changes
  6. Changes to custom visuals
  7. Summary of features still waiting in preview

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few year or two, see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 July 2018

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New Features for the July 2018 Update of Power BI Desktop

For us the big change in Power BI is still in preview - the ability to create report themes.  Here are the changes introduced in this month's update (which just made it into July, having been released well after the middle of the month):

Change Notes
Visual headers You can control how the little icons at the top right of each visual appear.
Wallpaper You can set an image or a colour to appear in the grey area which surrounds a report.
Other small changes You can turn tooltips on or off for a visual, enjoy an enhanced formatting pane and use keyboard short-cuts to make slicer choices.
Minor chart changes Stepped line charts are now possible, and you can disable data labels for individual series in a combination chart.
Custom visuals Microsoft have certified some custom visuals to give you an extra degree of confidence, and Visio and Mapbox custom visuals are now out.

I've also included - as ever - a list of features which are waiting in preview.  You can see the full list of changes here.

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