New features in the November 2018 update of Power BI Desktop
Part one 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 (this blog)
  2. Expandable row headers in matrices
  3. Conditional colours now apply to charts too
  4. Copying and pasting visuals between Power BI reports
  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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Changes introduced in the November 2018 Power BI update

A big new update this month, although the biggest change is yet to come (a new modelling view and a new filter pane have both made it into preview):

Change Notes
Expanding matrices You can now expand and collapse matrix row headers, although curiously this isn't turned on by default and doesn't work for column headers.
Conditional chart colours You can now apply the same full range of conditional formatting to charts that you can apply to tables and matrices.
Copy and paste between reports Alleluia!  You can now copy a visual from one report to another (it's up to you to check that doing so would be sensible).
Related questions in Q&A If you've selected a good question in the Q&A Explorer you can now follow up with a related question.
Composite models You can now combine DirectQuery data with other data sources, and also create many-to-many relationships.
A peek into preview Two huge changes were announced this month - a new modelling view, and a new filter pane.  I don't normally cover preview features, but these two are life-changing!

As is now traditional for this series of blogs, I've also given a list of what's waiting in preview, with my thoughts on how useful each item may prove to be.

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