Read about the many new features introduced in the March 2019 update
Part seven of a ten-part series of blogs

This is the biggest single update for some time, introducing the new modelling view, tooltip styling, single-select slicers and much more besides.

  1. The March 2019 Update to Power BI Desktop
  2. A new modelling view to change your Power BI life!
  3. Changing the appearance of tooltips
  4. Single-select slicers
  5. Viewing date components in the field list
  6. Automatic heat maps and improvements to map formatting
  7. Improved selection pane (this blog)
  8. New DAX functions
  9. Lots of other miscellaneous changes
  10. Power BI features waiting in preview, as of March 2019

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 20 March 2019

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Improved selection pane

For those who don't know it, you can view the selection pane in Power BI as follows:

Selection pane

The option to show the Selection Pane.

You can now double-click on any item to rename it:

Renaming item in selection pane

Here I'm renaming the visual called Pie chart.  However, all that this is doing is changing the Title property for the visual - there is still no (badly needed) separate object name property.

 

You can also now show or hide lots of shapes at the same time:

Multiple shapes

Use the Ctrl key to select more than one shape, and click on the links shown to hide (as here) or show them all.

 

Sadly, Microsoft haven't changed the symbol for a hidden shape back to its previous (more obvious) incarnation.

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