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A summary of the main changes introduced in the December 2019 Power BI update
Part two of a six-part series of blogs

The December 2019 update allows you to customise your visuals pane and format KPIs better, but that's almost it!

  1. Power BI Updates for December 2019
  2. Customising the Visualisations Pane (this blog)
  3. Many More KPI Formatting Options
  4. Conditional Formatting for Table/Matrix Values as URLs
  5. New DAX Quarter Function
  6. The Power BI 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 23 December 2019

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Customising the Visualisations Pane

You can now choose which visuals you see in the Visualisations Pane.  For example, suppose that you've never created a Funnel chart and feel that you're never likely to either.  You could unpin it:

Right-click to unpin

Right-click on any visual you rarely use, and choose to unpin it as shown.


Choose OK when the scary message appears:

Unpin a visual

Confirm you want to unpin this visual.

The visual will now appear below a dotted line (so the scary message is actually scarier than it needs to be):

The unpinned visual

You can build up a list of less-used visuals in this way. 


I'd say I use 8 visuals more than any others, so I've unpinned all the others one by one to get this:

New visuals palette

It took a couple of minutes of individual right-clicking to unpin all of the visuals, to get them to appear below the dotted line.


If you change your mind, you can re-pin a visual:

Repinning a visual

Right-click on a visual to pin it back to the visualisations pane.


If you regret what you've done, you can just restore the default visual layout:

Restoring default visuals

To restore your default visual layout, left-click on the custom visual ... tool and choose this option.


I'm a tiny bit disappointed by the implementation of this feature.  I suppose I had in mind that I'd be able to create different toolbars, and then choose which one to display!  Maybe in a future update?

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