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Updates to Power BI Desktop - February 2022
Part three of a four-part series of blogs
The February update enables the big new formatting pane in Power BI by default, as well as introducing changes to mobile view and multi-row cards.
I don't normally mention features in preview (at least when they're turned off by default), but want to talk about this because it's a major strategy change for Power BI. You can now turn on the ability to make changes to a report specific to a mobile phone's view:
Choose File -> Options and Settings -> Options and tick the box shown above to enable this feature.
When you first go into Power BI with this feature enabled, you'll see this message:
A warning of what you've done!
You can now switch to mobile view for any report you're creating:
Click on this tool to switch to mobile layout.
This allows you to drag visuals onto your "mobile phone screen":
You can decide which visuals you want to include.
The big change is that you can now click on the visual you've added, and make design changes to it:
Here I'm going to turn the legend off for mobile view, because it's taking up too much room.
You now have two independent versions of this visual: changes that you make in normal view to this visual will no longer affect the version of the visual in mobile view.
If you view a report on your mobile phone in landscape view, it looks normal:
Notice that on this unambitious report the pie chart's legend is present.
However, if you rotate your phone to portrait view, it looks different:
I've only added one of the visuals to mobile view for this report, and have removed the legend for it.
This is a big strategy change: it means report developers may now have to create and maintain two completely separate views of every report. I think it's a bad decision by Microsoft!
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