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Read about the many new features introduced in the March 2019 update
Part three 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 (this blog)
  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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Changing the appearance of tooltips

It's been hard to love the tooltip which appears by default in a Power BI visual:

Default tooltip

What's to like? The white-on-black format doesn't inspire.

You can now change the format of every tooltip for a report:

Tooltip properties

The full set of properties that you can change.


Here's an example of a jazzier tooltip:

Better tooltip

I'm not actually sure this is an improvement, but it was the best I could come up with!


Once you've created your ideal default tooltip format, you'll want to apply this to all new reports.  The best way to do this is as part of a theme, which we cover on our advanced course (they're not simple to create).

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