Power BI Basics: Creating Visualizations (Part 4)

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    Summary: This Power BI Basics Series takes you through the steps of an end to end Power BI process and which personnel should be involved at which stage.    The purpose of this series is to provide a quick overview so you can direct resources and plan the introduction of Power BI to your company.  This is Part 4:  Power BI Basics: Creating Visualizations.
    Article Type: How To (September 2018)
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    Power BI Basics: Getting Started with Power BI

    There are many “How To” videos on Power BI but sometimes a quick overview of an end to end process can be helpful at the outset.  Once the outline of the whole process has been understood (without detail at every stage) it is then possible to plan how your business should approach Power BI and which personnel should be involved at which stage.  The purpose of this  series is to provide that quick overview so you can direct resources and plan the introduction of Power BI to your company.  This article (Part 4) covers Power BI Basics: Creating Visualizations

    This Power BI Basics series covers the following topics:

    1. Power BI tools & Licensing overview
    2. Importing and Transforming data
    3. Power BI Data Modelling
    4. Creating Visualizations
    5. Publish Docs to Power BI Service

    Power BI Basics: Creating Visualizations

    Visualizations that can be added when preparing a Report include:

    • Standard Power BI charts
    • Text boxes/Images/Shapes
    • Custom visualizations

    Standard Power BI charts

    Power BI provides an array of chart visualizations as standard.

    Power BI Basics: Creating Visualizations

    The intention here is not to go through each in turn but to provide a guide to some of standard properties and where these can be found.

    A visualization can be dragged into the canvas and then properties of that object set in order to generate the chart required.  Details needed to setup the chart are set under the Fields list section.

    Power BI Visuaizations Field List

    Filters are also under this section if required.

    Power BI Visualizations Filters

    Once the basic information is set on the chart there are many styling options that can be applied under the Format menu.

    Power BI Data Visualizations Formats

    To enhance the user experience, it may be helpful to add titles, images and shapes.  These types of visualizations can be added and formatted to suit your design.  These objects are found on the Home menu.

    Power BI Visualizations Home Menu

    In addition to the standard charts, there are custom visuals that can be deployed.  There is an App Source area where custom visuals are made available.  To view the list of available custom visuals, navigate via ellipse button on Visualizations box and “Import from marketplace”.

    Power BI Visualizations Import

    Power BI Visualizations Marketplace

    Once added (using the “Add” button) it will appear in the icon list of available visualizations.


    Read the next article (Part 5)  in this Power BI Basics series: Publish Docs to Power BI Service.

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