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The only significant change to Power BI for the November 2019 update is the introduction of conditional formatting for buttons, although there are exciting things now waiting in preview.
- The November 2019 update to Power BI
- Conditional formatting of button properties (this blog)
- Power BI features in preview as of November 2019
Posted by Andy Brown on 25 November 2019
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Conditional formatting of button properties
Sometimes it's obvious what software does, but less obvious how you might actually use it. This is one such case!
Let's suppose that you've created a system whereby you click on a picture as below (there's one for each of our 3 environments):
Here we've gone for showing watery data.
This then takes the user to a report page showing this environment's data:
You could use bookmarks to show the data and picture for the environment chosen.
However, you want the text, formatting and tooltip of the button to reflect the environment chosen:
What you want the button to look like if you choose the water environment, for example.
Creating the table of choices
One way to achieve this would be to add a couple of columns to your environment table:
Specify the colour and tool tip for each environment (the tooltip will serve as the button text also).
Now create a button:
This button has text entered against it, and a white background.
Choose to add conditional formatting to the Button Text property of your button:
Hover over the button's Button Text property and the tell-tale three vertical dots will appear - click on these to apply conditional formatting.
You could then specify that the button text should be the value of the Tool tip column in the environment table:
Use the Tool tip column for each environment to specify what text the button should display.
You could test this out using a quick slicer:
Change the environment and the button text should update.
The Button Text property will show an expression symbol:
The fx text shows that the button text is set to a conditional expression.
You could now do the same thing for the tooltip for the button:
You could set the tool tip to be the same expression as the title.
Likewise you could set the fill colour of the button to be dynamic:
Set the fill colour to be conditionally formatted.
You could then set the background colour to be the value of the Colour column you've added:
Set the fill colour to be the value of the Colour column.
Here's a quick test of this:
If you choose the LAND environment you should see a green fill colour, for example.
Properties you can conditionally format
Here's a list of the parts of a button which you can dynamically format like this:
- The button text font colour, as well as the button text itself
- The icon's line colour
- The button's outline line colour
- The button's fill colour (as above)
- The button's tooltip (as above)
I've taken a long time explaining this, but really this feature just adds to the set of properties for which you can set conditional formatting.