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The new card visual in Power BI Desktop
Part one of a three-part series of blogs
Microsoft have introduced an impressive new card visual in the June 2023 Power BI Desktop update, which blows the old (rather feeble) card visual out of the water!
The new card visual is still in preview, but it appears in the standard Power BI visual icons palette by default, so I've decided to blog about it now.
The new card visual is seriously impressive - if perhaps a tad over-engineered - as this series of blogs will attempt to show!
Here for old time's sake is an original card visual:
The original card visual could only show one statistic at a time. If you wanted to display multiple staitstics, you had to add multiple cards and format them all identically and align them.
Here's an example of the new card visual:
The new visual allows you to display multiple statistics in rows, columns or (as here) a grid.
You can format the new card visual within inches of its life:
I've said it many times before in my blogs: just because you can do something, that doesn't mean that you should!
Even though the new card visual is in preview, Microsoft have chosen to add it to the visualisations palette (which is why I've chosen to blog about it now):
Here's what the new card visual icon looks like.
Weirdly, the old visual is still there should you choose to use it:
We never used to spend long teaching this because it was so uninspiring, but now this will have to change!
If you're old-school and don't agree with using a visual before it's been released from preview, you could turn the new visual off in Power BI Options:
Untick this box to turn the new card visual off.
However, why would you turn this excellent new visual off? The formatting cards have a few niggles which I suspect will be ironed out in the next release, so I've chosen not to dwell on these in this series of blogs. Enjoy!
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