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What's new in the May 2020 Power BI update
Part three of a six-part series of blogs

The May 2020 update is a good one! The decomposition tree is a seriously good new visual, drop shadows are a nice idea well-implemented, and there are lots of improvements to the way buttons look and work.

  1. New features introduced in the May 2020 Power BI Update
  2. Visuals can now have drop shadows
  3. Buttons can have fill images (this blog)
  4. The new Decomposition Tree visual
  5. Improvements to page navigation buttons
  6. The drill-through action is out of preview, and enhanced

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Posted by Andy Brown on 24 May 2020

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Buttons can have fill images

The main use of this feature will be to create better hover effects:

Normal view Hover view
When you are not on the button When you hover over the button

In this example I've created two separate images:

My two images

I've created two images - one for normal view, and one to show when people hover over my button.


I've assigned the first image to the normal view of my button:

Normal view image

The first image will appear most of the time. I've set it to fill the button width and height (and also turned off my button outline and set a border with zero radius instead, although these changes aren't shown here).


I've then set the hover appearance for my button:

Change to On hover

Click on the drop arrow to set the On hover appearance of the button.


You can set completely different images for when a user hovers over your button or presses on it:

On hover picture

Here the picture will change when someone hovers over my button (it's very hard to write blogs without inadvertently slipping into double entendres).


Formatting buttons used to take ages!  What you can now do is pretty much abandon all of the other text and icon properties, and just use images to control how your buttons look instead.

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