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September 2021 Power BI Update
Part two of a seven-part series of blogs

The September 2021 update to Power BI introduces even more features for customising buttons, a Power Automate connector and line chart series labels, along with a few other small changes.

  1. September 2021 Power BI Update
  2. You can use shapes and icons as buttons (this blog)
  3. Running Power Automate flows from Power BI reports
  4. You can now label line chart series
  5. Suppressing totals on waterfall charts
  6. Changes to DAX
  7. Pictorial histograms using the Graphomate custom visual

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Posted by Andy Brown on 28 September 2021

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You can use shapes and icons as buttons

Just occasionally Microsoft seem to hone in on one small feature of Power BI, and invest heavily in improving it to a point where its functionality far outweighs any likely usage case!


This is a rounded arrow shape with blur and glow effects (but is it any better for this?).


The changes to buttons in this update mirror the new shape functionality introduced in the August 2021 Power BI Update.

Buttons as Shapes

When you're adding a button, you can now choose from a variety of shapes:

Range of shapes

The range of shapes available.


Here's what the choices look like:

The shape choices

The different buttons you can display.

To each shape you can apply rotation, glow and blurring:

Shape before Shape after
Before ... ... and after

As the example above shows, you can rotate a shape and the text within it by a different amount.  But why would you ever want to do this?

Adding Images to Buttons

You can also add images to buttons:

Adding an icon

Choose Custom as the Icon setting to add your own picture to a button.


Here's an example of some properties:

Custom icon

Here we're displaying the icon next to some text (you can type in the text using the separate Text format card).


Here's what this might look like:

A custom image of an owl

The clickable button resulting from the combination of formatting properties shown above.


Bearing in mind that each button can have Default, On hover, On press and Disabled settings, you will see that you can spend a l-o-n-g time creating custom buttons!  I feel this time could be more profitably spent somewhere else ...

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