A summary of changes in the Power BI December 2018 update
Part one 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 (this blog)
  2. Smart guides help you to align objects
  3. Changes to the DAX editor
  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 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 13 December 2018

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Changes for the December 2018 update to Power BI

This is one of the smallest updates for some time - you could summarise the main changes on the back of a cigarette packet.  But the few changes there are will change our lives!

Change Notes
Smart guides Horizontal and vertical lines now help you to align visuals - a useful feature borrowed from Reporting Services.
DAX editor changes You can - shout it from the hills - now zoom in and out!  You can also see more lines of formula in a single window, without having to scroll up or down.
Various cosmetic changes The visual interaction and selection pane icons have changed, and you can now assign tooltips to action buttons.
Keyboard changes It's easier to collapse and expand tables, and you can now control the order in which users tab through your visuals.

The list of features waiting in preview, meanwhile, has barely changed.

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