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Hello P3 Nation! Today’s “post” is going to be a video link. Sometimes there are certain subjects, concepts, or post ideas that just don’t translate well to the written word, and especially to screenshots. So this post will be in moving picture form! We’ve posted it to our YouTube Channel which you can go here. Bedside’s today’s video, we have TONS of content on that channel, so please take a look at our other awesome videos as well.

Today’s topic covers how to apply Background Colors in Power BI Desktop. An important component of any report is the artistic design that still lends itself to be easily understood or used by the clients. So in this video, we’ll learn how to apply some background colors to both the report and the visualizations to help make them pop! I’ve included below the video link, download link both the .pbix file and background colors .ppt, and links to other articles explaining the various features & design techniques I’ve applied in this report. Otherwise, enjoy the video!

My Top 5 Power BI Practices: Transforming Good to GREAT: Article talks about a lot of the Formatting and Design Practices you see above, plus the DAX Formulas table.

Power BI: Transforming Good to GREAT: Video that is an updated discussion & walkthrough of the article above. Discusses Formatting, Design Practices, What If Scenarios, and Forecasting.

You can download the file here

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Reid Havens

Reid Havens is the Founder & CEO of Havens Consulting Inc. He has a formal background in technology and organizational management, having obtained separate degrees in Organizational Development & Business Analytics. Reid has experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft as well as with Non-Profit Organizations. He is also the Executive Editor, contributing author, and Principal Consultant at PowerPivotPro. Additionally he's an instructor at the University of Washington and other universities, teaching Business Intelligence, Reporting, & Data Visualization.

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  1. Very cool Reid, great video!

    Another useful way to “rinse and repeat”:

    CTRL+left click each item that is the same type of visual…in this case the 6 card visuals at the top.
    Then click on the Format tab in the visualization pane.

    All changes you make will be applied to EVERY visual.

    Note that this only works when the visuals are exactly the same. Column Chart and Bar chart together will not work.

  2. Hi Reid,

    Can I suggest rather than using Jing for the screen capture, PowerPoint can do this natively for you.

    Go to File > Export > Change File Type and select PNG under Image File Types and then “Save As”.

    The benefit of doing this is that it allows you to setup the PowerPoint slide layout to the same dimensions as you will be using in Power BI and it’ll match natively. You can then have templates setup for the different report sizes you may work in.

    1. Hi Andrew, I’ve tried that and the resolution doesn’t export to my native 2k resolution of my monitor. Seems to be a lot lower resolution for those exports, unless like full resolution that jing does.

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