A run-through the new features in the August update of Power BI Desktop
Part six of a nine-part series of blogs

This is a bigger update than most, largely because it includes two major new features emerging from preview (report themes and desktop Q&A), but it's the export to PDF feature which really catches the eye.

  1. New features in the August 2018 update of Power BI
  2. Exporting a report to PDF
  3. Report Themes
  4. Q and A improved and incorporated within Power BI Desktop
  5. Conditional formatting by field values
  6. Bookmark groups (this blog)
  7. Showing slicer choices in the header - filter restatement
  8. Ability to change the categories of measures
  9. 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 14 August 2018

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Bookmark groups

It's a sign of success that a feature becomes so popular that you need some way of categorising all its members!  So welcome bookmark groups, which allow you to categorise your bookmarks:

Ungrouped bookmarks

I've got 7 bookmarks here: 3 to do with environments, and 4 to do with regions. I need some way of dividing them up into groups ...

 

You can create a group by selecting a bookmark, then selecting the ... button next to it:

Bookmark menu

Choose the bookmark menu.

 

You can then assign this bookmark to a group:

Creating a group for a bookmark

This menu will only be selectable if you've got the bookmark selected.

 

You can then rename the group in a fairly obvious way:

Renaming a group

Here I'm renaming my new group Group1.

 

You can drag bookmarks into groups, just like for editing hierarchies:

Dragging bookmarks

Here I'm adding the WaterPage bookmark to the Environments group.

 

One final tip - it's quicker to use the Ctrl key to select multiple bookmarks for grouping:

Grouping multiple bookmarks

Select more than one bookmark, then click on the ... symbol to the right of any one of the bookmarks you have selected to create a new group into which to put them.

 

You can expand and collapse groups:

Grouped bookmarks

Much better - I can collapse and expand each group to see its contents.

 

Simple - but nice! 

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