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All About Dashboards

Updated: Mar 27, 2021

Power BI dashboards present your latest data in one consolidated view, regardless of where the data lives. Simply choose what data appears on your dashboard, and then use Power BI tools to present the data in compelling visualizations—maps, gauges, treemaps, bubble charts, funnel diagrams, and many more.

Here are some tips for working with dashboards that you can put into action right now.

“Maps, gauges, treemaps, bubble charts, funnel diagrams, and many more.”

Working with tiles

A tile presents information from an underlying dataset. It’s a snapshot of specific data pinned to your dashboard. It’s easy to resize, rearrange, and delete tiles on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 start screen. You can do the same with tiles on your Power BI dashboard.

What happens when you select a tile on your dashboard? It depends on how the tile was created.

If you select a dashboard tile that was created in a Power BI report, Power BI opens that report. Now you can analyze the visualization on the dashboard tile in the context of related data shown in the report.

You might want to track just a single number on your Power BI dashboard, such as this year’s sales. You can create a big number tile simply by entering “This year’s sales” in the Q&A box. To add the big number to your dashboard, click the pin icon in the upper right corner. If you select that big number tile on the dashboard, Power BI opens Q&A with the question that you used to create it. Change the question, and Power BI creates a different visualization.

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