Power BI Desktop – Terms and Definitions

Power BI Desktop – Terms and Definitions The following list of Power BI Desktop terms and definitions are intended to help users better understand the terminology used within the product and referenced in documentation and blogs. As I work on customer sites to teach, develop, and evangelize Power BI, I’ve been asked often for a…

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Power BI – 12 Days of Dashboards

With the holiday carol “The 12 Days of Christmas” playing in my head, I’m excited to announce my upcoming “12 Days of Power BI Dashboards” blog series, where I will be sharing a new Power BI dashboard each day from December 12th – 23rd. The dashboards will be based on unique and yet common data…

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SQL Nexus 2017 Conference Recap

SQL Nexus 2017 – Conference Recap   Nearly 500 Microsoft data professionals attended SQL Nexus 2017 this week in Copenhagen, Denmark, with specialized tracks covering data platform, business intelligence, application and DB development, database administration, AI/data science, and IoT. I was honored to attend this year for the second time as a speaker for two…

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Tracking LinkedIn and Twitter social media shares in Power BI

How to: Retrieve Twitter & LinkedIn share totals for a list of URLs in Power BI / Power Query / M If you have a Power BI or Power Query report that contains a list of URLs, the following M functions can be used to add the number of times the URL has been shared…

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Adding a Continent Slicer to Power BI Reports

HOW TO: Adding a Continent Slicer to Power BI Reports After building Power BI reports for many customers over the past couple years, one thing is certain – people love maps. Nearly every organization I support operates at a global scale, with offices (or business) spanning the world. I’ve recently starting using this small trick…

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Compiling a XAML-based project fails in Visual Studio with FIPS enabled

Compiling a XAML-based project fails in Visual Studio in a FIPS-enabled environment with an error message stating “This implementation is not part of the Windows Platform FIPS validated cryptographic algorithms”. Solution: This bug has been fixed in .NET 4.7.1. (which has not yet been released). Details: After publishing a recent blog entry about Visual Studio…

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Comparing Table Styles in Power BI

Tip: Use table styles to improve the look of your table data in Power BI As I continue to work with customers who are new to Power BI, a common pattern I’m noticing is that people aren’t aware of the table style option in the format pane. The following screen shot shows the 9 different…

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Sorting by Month Names in Power BI

How do I sort by month number instead of alphabetically by month name in Power BI? As I continue to work with customers to develop Power BI dashboards, this topic of sorting month columns comes up quite often. There are a few great threads and blog entries with instructions, but the following screenshots and steps…

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Power BI – Using the Treemap Visual with KPI status colors (red, yellow, green)

Using the Treemap Visual with KPI status colors (red, yellow, green) “Is possible to modify the default colors of the Treemap visual to reflect red/yellow/green status based upon a status field value?” This question was asked yesterday in a customer demo, and I didn’t know the answer off the top of my head. As it…

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Excel Add-In not displayed in ribbon due to Group Policy setting

Excel Add-In not displayed in ribbon due to Group Policy setting Problem: The Excel Solver Add-in is enabled and appears to load during startup, but is not displayed/visible in the ribbon. Solution: Update the Group Policy setting titled “Disable UI extending from documents and templates” to uncheck/disable “Disallow in Excel”. Details: Today I encountered another…

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