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A summary of changes in the Power BI December 2018 update
Part three of a six-part series of blogs

This is a small update, but a very welcome one! You can now (finally) zoom in the DAX editing window, and also use smart guides to align visuals. There are also other minor cosmetic and keyboard updates.

  1. Changes for the December 2018 update to Power BI
  2. Smart guides help you to align objects
  3. Changes to the DAX editor (this blog)
  4. Cosmetic changes to the look of Power BI
  5. Keyboard changes
  6. Features still in preview as of December 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 13 December 2018

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Changes to the DAX editor

If you're in the business of training (or you're over a certain age) this is the single most welcome change since Power BI first launched!  Hyperbole?  Judge for yourself:

Making DAX bigger

Font too small? Hold down the Ctrl key and use the mouse wheel to zoom in or out.


The maximum zoom isn't that big, but it means that people at the back of a class will be able to see formulae we're projecting!

Maximum zoom

Thank you, Microsoft - thank you!


There's another welcome change too.  When you click on the downward arrow on the right of the formula bar, the formula editing window is now nearly the height of the Power BI window:

Formula height

Previously the height of this window was limited to 11 lines.

The Power BI elves have been busy in the run up to Christmas, ensuring that Santa's gifts have arrived early (and in the form of a software update).  Am I overdoing this?  It'll certainly change our lives at the owlery!

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