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Details of the Power BI Desktop Update for April 2021
Part five 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
  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 (this blog)

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Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2021

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Inverting axes of charts

You can now invert the axis for line, bar, column, combo and area charts:

Inverting an axis

The option to invert an axis appears on the Y axis card of a chart.


Here's what this might look like before and after you choose it:

Before inversion After inversion
Before inversion ... ... and after

The April update website adds this claim:

Next release, we will also be releasing similar functionality to reverse continuous fields in the primary axis. You will be able to sort continuous axes by ascending or descending, enabling use cases like showing the most recent data first.

Personally I've never felt the need for this feature, but presumably someone else did!

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