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Changes introduced in the June 2019 Power BI update
Part six of a seven-part series of blogs

Although there aren't many changes this month, the ones that there are of unusually high quality. The new look to Power BI is welcome (even if it does mean we have to rewrite all of our courseware), and we're looking forward to using the new conditional formatting options and visual header tooltips.

  1. Changes introduced in the June 2019 Power BI update
  2. A new look-and-feel (sob!)
  3. More conditional formats / expression-bound formatting
  4. It is now possible to filter slicers themselves
  5. Visual header tooltips
  6. Assorted other minor changes (this blog)
  7. Features waiting in preview

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop in the last few years see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 June 2019

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Assorted other minor changes

In addition to the big changes to Power BI Report already mentioned in this blog series, here are a few other improvements worth knowing about.

Matrix and table total labels

This is a feature specially for those who don't like the word Total:

Row and column total label

You can now change the row and column total labels in a table or matrix.


Here's how you change these labels:

New labels

Here I've gone for a more detailed description of what's being totalled.


And here's what the results look like:

Different labels

Pretty much what you might expect!


Sorting in the Performance Analyzer pane

In the new Performance Analyzer pane, you can now sort the results:

Sorting results

You can sort the results by the total time spent, the order in which the actions occurred (as here), the time spent for each DAX query and (where applicable) Direct Query and the time spent to display each visual.

Better M Intellisense

M Intellisense now includes help on parameter usage in more places (such as when adding custom columns):

Parameter help

There's more explanation of what parameters mean, and how to use them.

You can also now hover over function names to see pop-up help text:

Hover text

Hovering over a function produces text explaining its syntax.

A new DAX comparison operator

When you're comparing two things in DAX, you can now use the == operator.  I'll let Microsoft explain this:

DAX == operator

I admit I've only included this for completeness: even DAX developers probably won't be that interested in this!

More consistent font sizes

Apparently not all equal font sizes actually were equal, as some properties were measured in pixels and some in points.  Microsoft have changed this so that virtually everything is now measured in points:

Font size

There are apparently a few hold-outs (such as textboxes), which will be fixed in the coming months.


That noise you can hear is the bottom of a barrel being scraped! 

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