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Power BI November 2021 Update
Part five of a six-part series of blogs

This month's update is a biggie, with the introduction of a page navigator and a bookmark navigator, but it's the new formatting pane waiting in preview which will really changes people's lives.

  1. Power BI November 2021 Update
  2. Preview features: new formatting pane and scorecard visual
  3. Create a page navigator
  4. Bookmark navigators
  5. Two small improvements to charts (this blog)
  6. Text boxes support bullet points and superscript/subscript

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Posted by Andy Brown on 23 November 2021

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Two small improvements to charts

You can now control where the rotation of a pie or donut chart begins and sort a chart legend, as shown under separate headings below.

Controlling the angle of a pie or donut chart

Here's a default pie chart:

Pie chart

The slices by default get smaller towards the top.

You can now change the angle:

Changing start angle

Here I've changed it from 0 to 127 degrees.


Here are the results:

Easier pie chart

The data labels are arguably now easier to read.

Sorting legends

This is easiest to explain by example!  Consider this stacked column chart:

Stacked column chart

The items in the legend are in alphabetical order, but ...

You can now click in the visual header to change the legend sort order:

Change legend sort order

As of now you can only sort by the field shown in the legend.

This change would have the following effect:

New sort order

Reptiles rule!

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