A summary of the new features introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update
Part five of an eight-part series of blogs

The September update of Power BI finally breathes life into report page tooltips, which have been in limbo for a while. You can also copy data from Power BI reports by right-clicking, use some keyboard short-cuts for visual design, apply built-in themes, set fixed-width padding by column example and show categories on the X axis of scatter charts.

  1. Changes introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update
  2. Report page tooltips
  3. Copying values and records
  4. Keyboard short-cuts in Power BI Desktop
  5. Built-in themes (this blog)
  6. Column From Examples now allows for text padding
  7. Improvements to dot (scatter) charts
  8. Features awaiting in preview as of September 2018

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 21 September 2018

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Built-in themes

You can now apply one of 7 pre-built themes to your reports, avoiding having to create your own:

Themes dropdown

This dropdown is on the main Home tab of the Power BI ribbon.

 

Here's how the Electric theme shown selected above would change a report:

Before ... ... and after

If you can't spot much difference, that's probably because it wasn't a very fair test, as I'd already "hard-coded" many of the colours for this report page.

 

We teach to create your own themes on our Advanced Power BI course, which I suspect will be more useful for most people.

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