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Power BI Team
Power BI Team

Share your thoughts on the new On-Object Interaction feature (preview)

Hit Reply to tell us what you think about the new On-Object Interaction feature so we can continue to improve.

For example:

  • What changes would you like to see?
  • If you turned off the preview switch, why?
  • Any suggestions for addititional settings or capabilities?


-Power BI team


To read more about the feature, see the announcement in the Power BI Product Blog or our documentation on how to Use on-object interaction


  • Q: How can I open multiple panes at once?
    • A: You can CTRL + click or right click on the unselected pane you wish to open and choose "Open in new pane"
  • Q: Where did aggregations move to?
    • A: It's still on right click of a field, or you can use the new flyout aggregations dropdown while choosing or swapping a field.
  • Q: Where did drillthrough and tooltip page setup move to?
    • A: Drillthrough is now in the page settings of the format pane under Page Information > Page type > Drillthrough or Tooltip.
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Coudn't agree more! Same thoughts. The new UI is hugely counter-productive for any serious business user. One-click adding data in the past now becomes several clicks and sorting through clustered menu.

Advocate I
Advocate I

Do not like this.  I turned it off.   The visualization toolbar is too important to put it into a pop-up.

Regular Visitor

Adding a Date column to a table - don't see an option to add just the date value, it just does hierarchy.  If I switch off On Object, there is an option to chose which format to add.

Frequent Visitor

I've switched the preview feature back off as I find on-object difficult to work with as the width of the columns added to the visual does not well support longer column names. Off-object better uses the available screen real estate without obscuring other objects on the canvas and allows for adjusting the width of the fieldnames. Also, the on-object wastes a lot of space by making the objects taller and resulting in a lot more scrolling.

Frequent Visitor

Worst addition to PBI so far! Give us the option to disable this or use the old method. Took me 15 minutes to figure out where my **bleep** visualisations went

Resolver V
Resolver V



I was trying this new functionality and i ran into an issue. While working on the formatting of a table i added a conditional formmating on one of the columns of the table that returned an error. However, after this point i actually could not use my table anymore as the visual returned 'Can't display visual. See details' and on the Format pane i get 'Something's wrong with the visual. Please fix the error to user formatting options'. Which i would like to fix if only i could only get to the options to change the fomula in the conditional formatting.

I deleted the column and restarted just to fix the issue.


Best regards,


Frequent Visitor

First of all I love the new feature and hope I can enable it again as soon as possible!

I work a lot with grouped selections for aesthetics reasons, think of slicers in a shape, all slicers grouped, cards on visuals etc.

Without the preview feature enabled I was able to select a group and adjust the size of all the items in a group at once. With the feature enabled I can’t adjust the size of a group and have to size all items individually, which results in odd ratios.

Hope you guys can fix this issue in the release for April!



New Member


Not sure if this question has already been asked (I can't find it in the thread), but I have a question about the new on-object interaction, specifically for the table visual: where is the drill-through fields well?


I want to set up a drill-through table in my report, but I can't seem to find where to add drill-through fields. I had to switch off the preview feature to do that.

Can you please direct me to the right place?




Love the new update
Can we please have checkbox when selecting columns for a visual ?
it would be great.

Currently we have to select one column then again do add field and select another column..

Drillthrough set up moved to the page settings, you can see this part of the blog post for more details

Frequent Visitor

Can you please show where this is after turning on the on-object interaction setting? It appears to be only visible when on-object interaction is off. 

New Member

If a visual is selected and open DAX editor you can see this icons overlayed.

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Good work any way, love this new feature.




Impactful Individual
Impactful Individual

Thank you for this feedback.

  • Issue #1 is already fixed, coming in April release 🙂
  • Issue #2  on the 1 pane no longer showing the pane switcher is by design, inspired by how Office also handles single vs. multiple panes. 
  • Issue #3 makes sense and is fair feedback also raised here in an earlier comment. We'll look at how we can incorporate saving pane states across reports. 
  • Issue #4 and #5 will take back to the team to evaluate
  • Issue #6 - already have a design to fix, working this into our backlog to address.
Frequent Visitor

Every Time I close and open the Power BI Desktop App I have to set the panes visible again in the View register. Is this normal behaviour? I would prefer if the App would remember which panes to show on the right.

Unfortunately yes, we do not currently save the pane states across reports. This is a great suggestion though! We'll look at how we can incorporate this feedback in upcoming releases.

I'm using drill through after switching to On-Object.

I cannot delete drill through from item. The deleted item comes back everytime the format pane switch away...

Is there any way to solve this issue?

Hello Arielcchy - apologies you're running into this. We already have a fix on it's way for December release.

With old version I was able to create sparklines in a table or matrix, but I cannot find this feature when On-Object Interaction is enabled. Is this feature hidden somewhere?

If you're trying to add a sparkline through the right click menu that should still be available, make sure you're right clicking on the field name. You can also add a sparkline through the ribbon via Insert > "Add a sparkline"

The non-preview version has right-click as an option, but you can access the same options with the very clear arrow icon next to the field name. In On-Object, the field name has an arrow only with aggregation options, and you have to know to right click to access everything else. And the Insert > Add a sparkline in the Ribbon is also only going to be found if you've been trained. It's actually completely counterintuitive to have that in the ribbon unless you've already highlighted a field. 

UIs that have to be explained by the designers are failing as UIs. 

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