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Natural Language Query (NLQ) with Power BI: A powerful new way to interact with your data.


Power BI's Natural Language Query (NLQ) feature allows you to ask questions about your data in plain English and get answers in the form of visualizations, tables, and other insights. This makes it easier for anyone to explore and understand their data, regardless of their technical expertise.


Why NLQ in Power BI?

Picture this: you're navigating through your dashboard, and instead of crafting complex queries, you simply type your question into the Q&A box at the top. Power BI, like a wizard, interprets your question and conjures up the most relevant results. It's like having a conversation with your data!

For instance, if you're digging into sales data, try asking:

  • What are the total sales for the month of October?
  • Which product category had the highest sales last quarter?
  • Who are the top 10 customers by sales?

Watch as Power BI automatically generates visualizations and tables, bringing your data to life and revealing trends and patterns in a snap.





NLQ: Where and How?

Exciting news – NLQ is at your fingertips across all versions of Power BI, including Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service, and the Power BI mobile app. So, no matter where you are, the power of NLQ is right there with you.

To get started, head to the Q&A box at the top of your dashboards and reports. This feature allows you to ask natural language questions about your data, making exploration seamless, regardless of your technical expertise.


Real-world Application:

Let's dive into a practical scenario. Imagine you're a sales manager wanting to analyze monthly performance. With NLQ, you can swiftly ask, "What products contributed most to our sales last month?" – and voila! Instant insights, no SQL expertise required.


Unlocking the Benefits:

Why should you embrace NLQ in Power BI? Here are some compelling reasons:

  • Increased Accessibility: NLQ makes data exploration easy for everyone, regardless of technical expertise.
  • Faster Insights: Get answers quickly without wrestling with complex queries or custom visualizations.
  • More Natural Interaction: Speak the language of data in plain English, fostering a more intuitive and engaging experience.



Tips and Tricks for NLQ Mastery:

Ready to take your NLQ game to the next level? Consider these tips:

  1. Be specific in your questions for more accurate results.
  2. Experiment with different phrasings to refine your queries.
  3. Explore advanced features to uncover hidden insights.




Join the Conversation:

Have you tried NLQ in Power BI? Share your experiences, questions, and discoveries here at Microsoft Fabric Community. Your insights contribute to a collective pool of knowledge, enriching the community's learning experience.



In conclusion, NLQ is your passport to a powerful, intuitive data exploration journey within Power BI. Try it out, share your experiences, and let NLQ unveil the stories hidden within your data. Your data has a voice – NLQ is the key to hearing it loud and clear.


Ready to embark on your NLQ adventure? Dive in, explore, and let the data conversations begin!


Happy querying!