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Data Modeling defaults

Hello all,


I am frustrated by the unfriendly way PowerBI enforces its own default behaviors.


Specifically, I want for PowerBI to NEVER NEVER NEVER automatically Summarize any of my columns.  NEVER.  It's incredibly wasteful of my time to constantly have to go click, field by field, and choose "Don't Summarize".  This should be configurable somewhere.  Is it?  I didn't see it in the Options anywhere.  Is there a Registry hack perhaps?


Similarly, I'm constantly annoyed at having to change the default Date format to Short date.  Every time.  Field by field.  It's hugely inefficient.  Maddening even.  Is there a way to set this permanently, once and for all, for everything I create from this day forward?


Hoping for a miracle,


Super User
Super User

If you go to the modeling tab, you can select all of the fields that you want to change, then in the Advanced options of properties turn Summarize by to none. I know, still not ideal, but much better than having to do them one by one.


There is also a solution in this post that explains how to use Tabular Editor to turn of teh default summarization: How-to turn off summarization on all table columns... - Microsoft Fabric Community

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Resident Rockstar

Hi @ctmullins - there are option to discourage explicit measures.  However, I think you need to try using c# functionality in Tabular Editor 2.0 or (3.0 if you have licence) to automate your Power BI Developer Experience.


Try the following video to get started: 

 (1) PowerBI.Tips - Tutorial - Intro to Tabular Editor - YouTube


And these for documentation and automation scripts.

Useful script snippets | Tabular Editor Documentation
GitHub - TabularEditor/Scripts: Community repository for sharing and discussing scripts for use with...

There are other GitHub respository that can consider to speed up your changes.

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