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Read about the many new features introduced in the March 2019 update
Part one 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 (this blog)
  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
  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 since November 2016 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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The March 2019 Update to Power BI Desktop

As the Microsoft update page puts it:

Update info

The monthly blogger getting carried away with enthusiasm ...

There is probably more in this one update than in the previous four or five put together!  Here's what this blog will cover:

New feature Notes
New Model view This makes it much easier to hide fields, change properties, create multiple layouts and much more.
Tooltip appearance You can change the background colour and font colour of tooltips.
Single-select slicers You can stop a user selecting more than one item in a slicer.
Dates as a hierarchy It's easier to choose to show just the year, quarter, month or day for a date in a visual.
Heat maps and other changes You can turn a Power BI map into a heat map, change the size of bubbles and display zoom icons.
Better selection pane It's easier to change the titles of objects, and you can hide or display several objects in one go.
New DAX functions New functions allow you to search for text more easily, and also make it easier to remove all constraints.
Other miscellaneous changes You can now click on data labels to select data points or series, and also link images or buttons to a website URL.

As always, I've also listed the features waiting in preview (with the poor shape map visual still appearing at the top of the list).

Kudos to Microsoft - this is a big update which removes a lot of small unnecessary niggles (in particular it will be nice to be able to hide more than one field at a time!).

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