PowerBI – Turn on Preview Features

Every month PowerBI releases new features. Some of the features are in preview mode and unless you turn it on you don’t get to use the preview features. This post explains how to turn them on.

Firstly you need to have the latest version of PowerBI to get the latest features. You can download it here.

Next you go to File > Options and Settings > Options

Then select Preview Features and select the preview features you want to use.

You will then be prompted to restart PowerBI in order for the preview features to be available.

Once restarted you will have your preview features available and if they are visuals you will see them appear on the right hand pane. For example we can now see Python in the visualizations pane.

Creating PowerBI Layouts

PowerBI has this great functionality where you can go and download preset layouts which make your PowerBI reports stand out more. There is a nice trick to doing this yourself.

You can create layouts in PowerPoint and then save them as images. Then insert them into your PowerBI report as an image and send the image right to the back.

Here are the steps to go about doing this:
Open up PowerPoint, select Design on the ribbon and then select edit background. You can then change the gradient in the panel on the right hand side.

Next you insert shapes, set the fill to white and the shape effect to shadow centre:


Then design your shapes on your PowerPoint slide and create the layout you want:

Now that you have your layout, we need this to be an image, you simply save this slide as an image:

Then select “Just this one”

Now your layout is saved as an image. Next is to import it into PowerBI.

Open up PowerBI and select Image to import it:

Go to where you saved the image of the PowerPoint slide, select it and click open:

Then resize the image to cover the entire PowerBI page and set the scaling to fill on the right hand side:

Now that the image is in we want to make sure it is right at the back. Select send to back:

And now you have an awesome layout to go and place your data on!