A summary of the new features introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update
Part one 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 (this blog)
  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
  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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Changes introduced in the September 2018 Power BI update

For me, this update is dominated by the roll-out of report page tooltips, which have been in preview now for a few months, but there are a few other nice changes too.

Microsoft also seemed to have solved a bug, whereby when you started typing in the text for a visual's Title property the cursor lost focus.

Here are the changes for this month which we think will impact our clients (you can see the full list here):

Change Notes
Report page tooltips You can show the contents of a separate tooltip page when you linger over an item in a report.
Copying data You can now right-click to copy an individual value, or selected rows, columns or cells.
Keyboard short-cuts To improve accessibility Microsoft have provided some short-cut keys when designing reports
Built-in themes There are now 7 built-in themes that you can apply to any report.
Text padding You can now automatically apply fixed-length text padding using Columns From Example.
Dot chart improvements You can now specify a category field to be the X axis for adot (scatter) chart.

I've also included a separate list of the features waiting in preview.

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