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A summary of the new features introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update
Part three 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 (this blog)
  4. Keyboard short-cuts in Power BI Desktop
  5. Built-in themes
  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 since November 2016 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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Copying values and records

This is a simple change, but a very useful one!  You can now copy data from a visual, either by value:

Copying value

This would copy the single value 89422.50000000028 (with an unnecessary and inaccurate degree of precision).

Or by selection:

Copying by selection

For this example you'd get a table consisting of the column headers (not shown in the screen shot) and the East Anglia row of data.

Here's another example, this time with a column selected:

Copying a column

Here we have a column of a matrix selected.

This is what the above would give if copied into Excel:

Data copied to Excel

Data is copied with its formatting.


Microsoft are planning to enhance this feature in future releases of Power BI, but even now it provides a great way to check figures in Excel.

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