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A summary of the main changes introduced in the December 2019 Power BI update
Part one 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 (this blog)
  2. Customising the Visualisations Pane
  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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Power BI Updates for December 2019

Twelve months ago Microsoft decided not to have a December update of Power BI, but this year they have relented.  Read on to see the main changes this month's update contains for report developers!

Change Notes
Personalised visuals pane You can now remove from the default Visualisations Pane visuals you rarely use.
Better KPI formatting There are many more ways to format a KPI, although the field properties for the visual remain the same.
URLs for table/matrix columns/rows You can use conditional formatting to turn table and matrix headings into clickable URLs.
A new DAX Quarter function There's a new function in DAX to return the quarter number for any date.

Finally, here are the features waiting in preview as of this month.  Not only does this include (as mentioned last month) a new Power BI ribbon, but there's also a welcome custom theme editor coming up.

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