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Thie month's Power BI update includes a new logo, on-screen help and much more!
Part two of a six-part series of blogs

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.

  1. October 2020 update of Power BI Desktop
  2. A new (and better) start-up procedure (this blog)
  3. On-screen help (canvas watermarks)
  4. Personalising visuals
  5. Better recognition of Excel and JSON tables
  6. Exporting data from a Q and A visual

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Posted by Andy Brown on 22 October 2020

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A new (and better) start-up procedure

This is the change which most immediately hits you when you start the latest version of Power BI Desktop - it looks different.  Starting with the icon:

Old icon New icon
Out with the old ... ... and in with the new!

The splash screen is different too:

Splash screen

No more irritating and untrue messages saying that Power BI is "initialising a model" which it can't possibly yet know about.

If you don't like the start-up screen, you can ask not to see it again:

Start-up screen

I for one will eagerly untick this box!

If you change your mind about this, you can always redisplay the start-up screen:

Get started

If you choose this menu option, you'll get a chance to change your mind.


I like the new look! 

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