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A summary of changes in the Power BI December 2018 update
Part five 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
  4. Cosmetic changes to the look of Power BI
  5. Keyboard changes (this blog)
  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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Keyboard changes

There are a couple of minor changes to keyboard use (changing how you can work with tables and fields) as explained under separate headings below.

Expanding and collapsing tables

You can press the right or left arrow keys to expand or collapse tables:

Collapsed table Expanded table
Collapsed table Expanded table

This works really well, and you can also use the up and down arrows or the Tab key to move between the table names. 

If you're in the field list as shown above, you can also press Alt + Shift + 1 to collapse all of the tables, or Alt + Shift + 9 to expand them all!

Controlling tab order

When a user press the Tab key, they will cycle through the visuals on your page in the order in which they were created:

Visual tab order

Presumably pressing Tab here would take us across and then down.

However, you can use the Selection Pane to control this tab order:

Selection pane

Tick this box to show the selection pane.

You can then drag visuals up or down the list:

Tab order

Click on the Tab Order heading, and drag visuals up or down the list (hidden visuals would appear in a lighter font, since you can't tab to these).


There are a few even more obscure useful accessibility and keyboard changes - you can see the full story here.

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