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Details of the Power BI Desktop Update for April 2021
Part one of a five-part series of blogs

The April 2021 update to Power BI Desktop makes it easier to load text, CSV, JSON and Excel files and includes a wider range of shapes, with more drawing effects

  1. Details of the Power BI Desktop Update for April 2021 (this blog)
  2. Loading Text and CSV files by example
  3. Suggested tables for Excel (and JSON improvements)
  4. New and better shapes
  5. Inverting axes of charts

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Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2021

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Details of the Power BI Desktop Update for April 2021

There are some really well-implemented changes in this month's updates:

Change Notes
Text import by example When importing a text or CSV file you can now train Power BI on how to proceed.
Suggested tables in JSON or Excel Power BI can find tables of data in an Excel worksheet - even if they don't have range names or lie on separate sheets - as well as collapsing JSON files automatically.
New (and better) shapes You can now add a much wider range of shapes to your reports, add text within shapes and add shadow, glow and other effects.
Inverting axes You can now invert the Y axis for line, bar, column, area and combo charts (should you so wish).

However, all the big beasts remain stubbornly caged up in preview (such as small multiples, the new Azure Map visual and a new and more consistent way of listing fields).

Probably the most exciting new announcement this month, however, is that there is now a Power Automate visual in preview (even though, oddly, it doesn't appear in the Power BI preview features dialog box).  I will review this as soon as it goes on general release.

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