A summary of the changes introduced in the September 2019 update to Power BI
Part one of a six-part series of blogs

This month sees the welcome (if belated) introduction of Excel-style custom number formats, as well as more (and easier-to-create) themes and a host of other minor improvements.

  1. New features in the September 2019 update of Power BI (this blog)
  2. Custom number formats
  3. Themes are easier to create (and there are more of them)
  4. More things can be conditionally formatted
  5. Other new features in this update
  6. Features waiting in preview as of September 2019

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 20 September 2019

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New features in the September 2019 update of Power BI

This month brings custom number formats (finally!), as well as slightly simpler themes and a host of minor improvements.

New feature Notes
Custom number formats Finally, you can apply Excel-style custom number formatting to columns!
Changes to themes There is a new default theme, more custom themes available, and it's now (a bit) easier to create your own custom themes.
Conditional formatting You can now apply conditional formats to most parts of a gauge, as well as to visual border colours and the alternative text property.
Other new features Other updates include a tooltip to make it clearer when drill-through is available and the ability to copy column profiling data in Query Editor.

You can see changes waiting in preview here, although I think I will drop this feature for future updates, as it no longer seems to be being kept up to date by Microsoft.

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