Read about the many new features introduced in the March 2019 update
Part nine 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
  8. New DAX functions
  9. Lots of other miscellaneous changes (this blog)
  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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Lots of other miscellaneous changes

In a normal month some of these might have got a separate blog page to themselves, but there was so much else to cover that I've combined the following changes together:

Change Details
Cross-highlighting by axis labels You can now click on a chart axis label to show its corresponding data in another visual.
Clearing filters To make filters easier to use, you can clear but not delete added filters.
Linking images and buttons to websites You can now make your corporate logo clickable, for example (click on the picture and it will take you to your company website).

The rest of this blog explains these topics in the order given above, with a separate heading for each.

Cross-highlighting by axis labels

You can now select the axis label in a chart to select the corresponding point or points:

Selecting axis label

Here if we click on the History label it selects all history films.

For the Wise Owl Movies database, the selection above would filter the films to show these titles:

List of films

All of the history films are selected.

This feature may also be useful where it's too difficult to click on a bar or point (because it's too small) but the corresponding data label is easy to select.

New way to clear filters

You can no longer delete filters, although you can still clear them:

Clearing filters

You can click on the icon shown to remove any filter by the Genre column, but you can't delete the filter.

 

I don't think I'd have noticed this change (which Microsoft have introduced to simplify the filter pane), and in any case the new filter pane now in preview will supersede it.

Linking images, shapes and buttons to websites

Actions now have a fourth option:

Actions to web URL

In addition to going back, to a bookmark or to a Q&A box, an action can now take a user to a specified website address.

 

Here's an example of an image with this action applied:

Image URL

Clicking on this image will take a user to the website you're probably currently viewing!

 
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