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There are a few good changes to Power BI Desktop this month, including a better icon and splash screen, on-canvas help (albeit pitched at too low a level) and the ability to let users tweak visuals you've published.
- October 2020 update of Power BI Desktop
- A new (and better) start-up procedure
- On-screen help (canvas watermarks) (this blog)
- Personalising visuals
- Better recognition of Excel and JSON tables
- Exporting data from a Q and A visual
Posted by Andy Brown on 22 October 2020
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On-screen help (canvas watermarks)
Power BI now includes tips for beginners, which Microsoft insist on calling canvas watermarks.
What you see when you start a new Power BI report.
These disappear when you load some data, to be replaced by an equally irritating prompt to create a visual:
Advice for absolute beginners.
I can't find any way to prevent watermarks appearing. I can see that they're really useful for beginners, but feel a bit insulted when one appears in every new report that I create!
Accessing the Sample Dataset
One really nice idea for new users is that you can practise with a Microsoft dataset. Here's how to get at this:
Click on this option in the initial watermark help panel.
You can then choose to load this data:
Click on the button shown to use the sample dataset.
You can then choose to load the sample data:
I was expecting something more complicated and also tidier - credit to Microsoft for using a realistic-looking example.
The world is then your oyster!
A little something I knocked up (in about 20 seconds).
Canvas watermarks are a nice idea, but from my experience of training on Power BI I think they're pitched at too low a level (on-screen guides to using specific visuals or features would be more useful).