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A summary of changes in the Power BI December 2018 update
Part two 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 (this blog)
  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 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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Smart guides help you to align objects

So often it's the simplest changes which make the most difference!  If you want to get two visuals to align, smart guides now appear:

Smart guides

Horizontal or vertical red dotted lines help you snap objects into alignment.

You can turn this feature off, but why would you ever want to?

If you've created reports in SQL Server Reporting Services, you'll be wondering why this incredibly useful feature has taken so long to implement!

I think there's also a hidden new feature.  Supposing I add a new visual to this page:

Adding a new visual

My page contains two charts, but I want to add a third one.

Power BI seems to add new visuals in a grid pattern:

New visual placement

New visuals appear in a more sensible place, although this could be just my imagination.

And one other hidden change for advanced users - if you have a theme controlling the font colour of a title using the fontColor attribute, this no longer seems to work for some reason.

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