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A summary of the new features in the July 2018 update to Power BI Desktop
Part five 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
  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 (this blog)
  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 since November 2016 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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Minor chart changes

The July update of Power BI includes two minor changes to how charts work, as explained below.

Stacked lines in combo charts

For combo charts (and less usefully, line charts) you can create a stacked effect:

Stepped line chart

The stepped line changes height at the midpoint between two data points.

If you like this feature, enable it with this property:

Stepped property

Turn the Stepped property on or off! Some changes are easier to make than others ...


Turning data labels off for individual combo chart series

Microsoft have fine-tuned a change made last month, so that you can now choose for which series in a combo chart you display data labels:

Data labels in combo chart

Here I'm displaying labels for the column series, but not the line series.

Here is how to change this property:

Suppressing labels for a data series

This screenshot shows how I suppressed the data labels for the Average of price series only.


And that's it for chart enhancements for this month!

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