PowerBI – Table Heat Map

Ever wondered how to create a heat map in PowerBI without having to use a custom visual? There is now a simple way to do this by using Conditional Formatting on a Matrix table!

In my example I took some Google Analytics data showing the times of the day and amount of visitors in that time.

Then plot the values on the Matrix table

Next we go and do some conditional formatting in the pane on the right hand side in PowerBI

Now we can change the colours we want to use by Selecting Advanced Controls

You will see that the table has turned into a heat map table using the conditional formatting with the colours you chose. As you can see below the highest value is pink and the lowest value is a light green and a gradient between the colours as the numbers range.

Just like that we have a heat map table with one simple step!

Formatting Shortcuts in SSDT for SSIS Packages

When developing SSIS packages the tasks and transformations tend to be misaligned after dragging them onto the designer from the SSIS toolbox. You can correct this by selecting Format > Auto Layout > Diagram.
When you have multiple packages in your SSIS project this can become quite tedious. There is a quicker way by setting up a keyboard shortcut to align everything up. I have found this to be the most useful shortcut I have come across while developing SSIS projects.

To set up the shortcut you can follow the steps below.

Step 1:
Select Tools > Options

Step 2:
Select Keyboard under Environment on the left in the pop-up. Then select Format.Diagram on the right hand side of the pop-up.

Step 3:
Click in the “Press shortcut keys” dialogue block and push the keys on your keyboard you would like to use for this option and click Ok. I recommend using CTRL + F, CTRL + D as it is easier to remember.

Now your shortcut is set up for you to use to align everything perfectly in each package!