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New features in the November 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part four of an eight-part series of blogs

A big new update this month, including expandable row headings in matrices, copying and pasting between visuals and conditional formatting of charts (although it's what's waiting in preview which will really blow your mind).

  1. Changes introduced in the November 2018 Power BI update
  2. Expandable row headers in matrices
  3. Conditional colours now apply to charts too
  4. Copying and pasting visuals between Power BI reports (this blog)
  5. Asking related questions in the Q and A Explorer
  6. Composite models and many-to-many relationships
  7. Preview - relationship diagrams and new ways to filter
  8. Summary of features waiting in preview - November 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 26 November 2018

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Copying and pasting visuals between Power BI reports

This will be a short blog, but it's such an important change that it deserves a page in its own right!  So you want to copy a visual to a different Power BI report or page - just do it!

Copying a visual

Yeah! You can now copy visuals between reports!

You can't use the right mouse button to paste (at least, not yet), and the paste icon below doesn't seem to be enabled always, so your best option might be to press Ctrl + V to proceed:

Pasting a visual

Paste your visual into a new report!


The visual may not of course look sensible initially:

Printer not working

This visual is showing fields which aren't available in the report.

You can now drag different fields onto the visual:

Different fields

Here we've changed the visual to show something completely different!


You'll now get the same visual, but showing different data:

Sales by month

The chart is now showing the number of people born in each month of the year.

Note that the chart title is wrong too, so you'll need to change that.  If you're just using copying and pasting charts to preserve the appearance of visuals, you may be better off investigating themes instead.

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