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Power BI Blog: On-Object Interaction

15 June 2023

Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Power BI blog series.  This week, we consider a new way to build and format visuals.


On-object is a new way to build and format visuals.  Microsoft has commissioned various research studies which have advised that many feel Power BI Desktop is hard to use.  If I am to opine personally, I would probably say the constant moving of things does cause user consternation and exasperation.  Indeed, Microsoft has stated that its staff have witnessed countless new users struggle to navigate the user interface (UI) to perform simple actions such as completely missing the Fields pane, being unable to add data to the correct field wells, hunting around the Format pane to rename, change colours or format text styles for their visual.  

These same users instinctively right-click on areas of the visual expecting a menu to help.  Aligning to Power BI’s new “Office-like” strategy, this update introduces On-object, a new way to build and format visuals directly on the visual.

Try it out for yourself.  It’s presently in Preview.  To set it up, simply switch on the Preview: File -> Options and settings -> Options -> Preview Features -> On-object interaction.

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