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Power BI Blog: Autocreating a Mobile Layout

18 April 2024

Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Power BI blog series.  This week, we look at how simple it is to automatically create mobile optimised reports.

Whilst you may realise that mobile optimised report layouts are the best way to view data in the Power BI mobile applications, you may be well aware that it requires extra work to create said layout.  Now, you can now generate a mobile-optimised layout with a click of a button.  This feature allows you to easily create mobile-optimised layouts for any new or existing report page, saving considerable time.

When you switch to the mobile layout view in Power BI Desktop, if the mobile canvas is empty, you can generate a mobile layout just by selecting the ‘Auto-create’ button.  The auto-create engine understands the desktop layout of your report and builds a mobile layout that considers the position, size, type and order of the visuals that the report contains.  It places both visible and hidden visuals, so if you have bookmarks that change a visual’s visibility, they will work in the automatically created mobile layout as well.

You may edit the automatically created mobile layout, so if the result is not exactly what you expected, you can tweak it to make it perfect for your needs. 

It is presently in Preview.To enable the new mobile layout auto-create capabilities, switch on the ‘Auto-create mobile layout’ Preview feature in Power BI Desktop: File -> Options and settings -> Options -> Preview features -> Auto-create mobile layout.

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