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A summary of the new features in the July 2018 update to Power BI Desktop
Part three 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 (this blog)
  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 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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Wallpaper formatting

This change is not so much about your report itself; more about the grey space around it!

What wallpaper formatting looks like

Here are a couple of examples of report wallpaper:

Colour wallpaper

A solid colour wallpaper (yellow probably wasn't a good choice).


You can use an image as wallpaper:

Image wallpaper

I've chosen an image which doesn't scale very well, and set a high transparency to create a watermark effect.

How to set wallpaper

To create effects like those shown above (should you misguidedly want to), first select your report:

Selecting a report

Click on the background of a report (ie don't select a visual).

You can now either set wallpaper colour or a wallpaper image in what I hope is a reasonably obvious way:

Setting wallpaper property

Either choose a colour or add an image (the image will override any colour set).


The importance of visual background with wallpaper

If you've set wallpaper, you may need to revisit your visuals and set backgrounds for them:

Visual with background

If you compare this with the example shown at the top of the page, you'll see that the visual colour is not transparent, which makes the visual look much cleaner.


Here are the properties I set to achieve this effect:

Background property

I've set the background property to be a colour, and removed any transparency.


And I think that's all there is to say about this new feature!

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