Archive - Blog Posts on Power BI Desktop

Importing XLSB into Power BI - I had a question from one of my online Power BI Training students just this week who was struggling to import data from a large *.xlsb Excel file.  I suggested she save the file as an XLSX file and try again – and that worked a treat.  But the question is why?  I had an […] Read More
Moving Queries from Power BI Desktop to Dataflows - A few weeks ago I wrote an article introducing dataflows in Power BI and discussed why you should care about them.  There are a few questions that have been spinning around in my head since then, significantly: What implication is there to the Power BI Golden Dataset as a result of the new dataflows? Should I […] Read More
Power BI Dataflows, and Why You Should Care - Microsoft recently released a new feature in Power BI called “Dataflows”.  You may have seen it pop up in a recent release of Power BI Desktop under Home\Get Data\Power BI Dataflows (beta) as shown below. It is also visible when you log into PowerBI.com and go to an App Workspace as shown in 1 below.  […] Read More
Create a Power BI Slicer Panel - There is nothing worse than having a Power BI report that has 50% of the space taken up with slicers.  When this happens, you only get half the page to visualise the actual data.  But on the flip side, if you don’t have the slicers it can be harder for the report users to filter […] Read More
Data Profiling in Power BI - Today Microsoft released the October 2018 update of Power BI Desktop.  One of the fabulous new features that has been released is the ability to get a visual profile of your data in Power Query BEFORE you load the data.  This new feature is typical of the type of development effort Microsoft is investing in […] Read More
Extending Power BI With R Visuals - Level: Intermediate Matt: This is the second one in a series of articles from Parker Stevens. In this article he talks about using R with Power BI. If you missed his first article “Introduction to DirectQuery” you can read it here. Parker: Power BI comes with a ton of built-in features but eventually you might […] Read More
Your Vote Makes a Difference - Microsoft has always been great at building and delivering world class robust commercial software, but it hasn’t always been great at listening to specific customer concerns about gaps in the software. All this has changed now, and Microsoft now has a clearly defined process to ask its customers what is important to them, and then […] Read More
New Power BI Reports from a Golden Dataset - This is a further (third) update/edit to an article I first wrote on 18th April 2017 and then updated on 30th Jan 2018.  When I update my articles I simply change the original post with the latest data – that way only the current/latest version is available preventing people stumbling on old advice. As Power […] Read More
I’m Presenting at SQL Saturday Melbourne and Sydney - I’m presenting again this year at SQL Saturday Melbourne (30th June 2018) and Sydney (7th July 2018).  My topic this year will be “DAX as a Query Language“. What is SQL Saturday? SQL Saturday is an annual 1 day event that is held in many cities around the world.  It is a day when SQL professionals take a […] Read More
My Supercharge Excel and Supercharge Power BI Books Available on Amazon - After what seems like a lifetime of waiting for the paperback book economy to tick its required boxes, both of my new books Supercharge Excel and Supercharge Power BI are now available to ship to most countries in the world from Amazon.com. This is a good opportunity for me to clarify how these new books […] Read More
Time Intelligence Using DAX - Level: Intermediate Last week I presented a webinar with Chuck Sterling (from Microsoft) on the topic of Time Intelligence.  This was a YouTube broadcast event that anyone could join live, however it has also been recorded and can be watched at any time (see below). This article is a follow up from that webinar with […] Read More
Introduction to DirectQuery - Level: Intermediate to Advanced Matt here.  I recently met Parker Stevens online through LinkedIn – he too is a Power BI fan, just like me.  Parker has shared a few techniques with me that I found very interesting.  These topics have not been covered on my blog before and hence I thought it was a […] Read More
Build a Reusable Calendar Table with Power Query - I wrote a blog on this topic a few years ago over at PowerPivotPro.com.  I have learnt a lot about Power Query since that time, plus Power Query has come along in leaps and bounds, and it now has a lot more capability than it had previously.  Today I am going to write a new […] Read More
Text Filtering in Power BI - There are lots of different ways you can filter data in Power BI including: Slicers (with various configurations) Cross filtering from any visual object The filters pane on the right hand side of your report Custom visuals designed specifically for filtering Most of these standard filters require you to select on a specific value from […] Read More
Changing Defaults in Power BI - Changing Defaults In March 2017, the Power BI team delivered a new feature that allowed you to change the colour defaults in a Power BI report using a custom colour theme.   I wrote a blog post over at PowerPivotPro.com at the time.   The drawback of this feature, as it was back in March, was that you needed to […] Read More
Extract Table Size from Power BI Desktop Using DAX Studio - I was explaining to one of my blog readers recently how to extract table size from Power BI Desktop using DAX Studio and thought it would be useful for others.  I have covered the basics of DAX Studio in the past so I wont cover this detail again here. The latest version of DAX Studio can be […] Read More
Conditional Formatting in Power BI - Level: Beginners I blogged on conditional formatting in Power BI Table visual here when it was released in the May 2016 Power BI Desktop update. At the time of first release, the conditional formatting was pretty basic with only 1 formatting option available. Over time, Microsoft has improved this feature, and now, it is available in both Table and […] Read More
Sales of Same Products to Other Customers - Level: Intermediate I was helping someone on a forum recently and I thought the question and solution would make an interesting blog article. I have adapted the scenario to work with Adventure Works customer purchases, but this concept would work equally well across other entities, such as sales territories, calendar years etc. Problem Definition The […] Read More
Lineage in DAX - Level: Intermediate–Advanced I have covered the topic of Lineage in DAX a few times in the past (within other articles).  Today I thought I would write a single post dedicated to lineage. As you may know, Power BI has a number of different operation modes, some of which do not require the data to be […] Read More
Q&A in Power BI Desktop - Regular readers of my blog probably get sick of hearing me rave about the latest new thing in Power BI.  This month there is an absolute cracker – Q&A in Power BI Desktop.  In case you don’t know, Q&A is a natural language query tool that allows you to ask a question about your data […] Read More