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Changes for the June 2020 update of Power BI Desktop
Part three of a six-part series of blogs

This month's update doesn't include many changes - the biggest being probably the emergence of the hierarchical slicer from preview.

  1. Power BI June 2020 update - summary of new features
  2. Hierarchical slicers
  3. Much-improved mobile report designer (this blog)
  4. Individual dots on line charts
  5. Automatic refresh
  6. AI insights in Query Editor

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Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

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Much-improved mobile report designer

So the good news is that the Power BI designer for mobile reports is much better, but I still wonder whether it has any point.  Remember that there's a really good Power BI app:

Power BI app

The Power BI app for an Apple phone (the Android one I assume looks the same).

 

This allows you to show dashboards and reports on your phone:

Mobile phone report

Here's what a report NOT designed for mobile looks like in the app on an IPhone. With quality like this, why would you bother creating a mobile-only report?

So allowing for the fact that I don't think it's worth creating mobile-only reports, I'll now show how doing this is much easier now.

Creating a mobile-only report

To create a report for viewing on a mobile, first create your normal report:

Normal report

Here my normal report contains a few choice visuals.

 

Now choose to view it in mobile layout view:

Mobile layout

Click on the icon above.

You can then drag visuals onto your mobile report:

Drag visuals onto report

Drag visuals from the palette on the right onto your mobile phone "screen"!

The biggest difference is that the grid is now much finer:

Fine grid

Previously you only had a width of about 10 squares, so it was impossible to fit anything in!

Overlaying visuals

One other improvement is that you can overlay visuals:

Overlaying visuals

Here one visual is partly obscuring another.

 

The reason you might want to do this is if you're using bookmarks to change what a user sees (for example, when they tap on a button that you've created).

To summarise: the finer-meshed grid means that this part of Power BI is now usable, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you should use it!

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