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Background Images not appearing in Power BI Desktop (Dashboard in a Day Training Update)

Finishing up the University of Washington Data Visualization course last night and wanted to show the students how powerful and easy using a background image can be for creating stunning reports.  (For great examples of this in action please see http://Powerbi.tips/layouts).

This technique is something we also highlight  in our core training called “Dashboard In Day”.

The Dashboard in a Day directions covering backgrounds seen below:

 

We can also use a background image to format the reports. Let’s try it.
99. Select + icon in the bottom of the page to create a new page. You will be navigated to a Page 1.
100. Click on the white space in the canvas.
101. From VISUALIZATIONS panel, select paint roller icon.
102. Expand Page Background section.
103. Select Add Image button.
104. File browser dialog opens. Browse to /DIAD/Data folder.
105. Select Background file.
106. Select Open.
107. From Image Fit drop down, select Fit. Notice we have a template which has place for header and slots for images.

Unfortunately if you follow those directions now you won’t see the image to use as a guide.

 

Turns out with the addition of the new Power BI Desktop wallpaper feature, the background images now default to being transparent.

To show your images you need to simply set the transparency to 0%.

For people delivering the dashboard in a day training, please let your students know to add a step 108.  This will get added for next month’s Dashboard in a Day!

 

We can also use a background image to format the reports. Let’s try it.
99. Select + icon in the bottom of the page to create a new page. You will be navigated to a Page 1.
100. Click on the white space in the canvas.
101. From VISUALIZATIONS panel, select paint roller icon.
102. Expand Page Background section.
103. Select Add Image button.
104. File browser dialog opens. Browse to /DIAD/Data folder.
105. Select Background file.
106. Select Open.
107. From Image Fit drop down, select Fit. Notice we have a template which has place for header and slots for images.
108.  Set the transparency to 0%