A summary of the new features introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update
Part seven 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
  6. Column From Examples now allows for text padding
  7. Improvements to dot (scatter) charts (this blog)
  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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Improvements to dot (scatter) charts

Microsoft have made a "substantial update" to scatter charts, allowing you to show categories on the X axis:

Comparing sales by centre type

I'm not sure how substantial this improvement actually is - but then, I don't work with scatter charts much.

For anyone who wants to see the gubbins behind this, here are my field well selections:

Field well settings

The main change is to remove any Details selection, and show a text field in the X Axis section.

 

Sorry - I may be missing the point, but I can't get that excited about this change, which is why it comes last in my list!

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