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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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New Member

Really love these udpates. Overall very userfriendly.


@RosieL have noticed though that now in the matrix visual you cannot move the subtotals to the bottom of the visual. The subotal position is grayed out. the only way is to turned the stepped layered feature off. It would be great to go back to the old way and allow the stepped feature to be on  and still allow the selection of the subtotal position to go to the bottom





Regular Visitor


I cannot edit a measure, because there is no panel. it disappeared

I found how to switch on the panels, maybe the feature is ok

Advocate I
Advocate I

I've been using the new interaction and find it confusing, the fields/options related to drillthrough  have just disapeared. I had to switch back to the old style. As mentionned before, leave both options: interaction+the ability to show the old right hand pane. 

Frequent Visitor

So as long as the visual is' a normal table there is no 'paintbrush' icon to format visual. 



New Member

I have two idea. 

- Can you remove the boder in show panes. It is better for visual. 


- Change the way to show option below .Currently i need to right click to show it. 


I want to show popup above by click on arrow. Because if i click on text it will show datasource, then i click on this arrow datasource show again. I thinks it is duplicate action to view datasource.







Advocate I
Advocate I

I love the horizontal layout of data / format etc on the right side but I dont like the general idea of formatting Excel in PowerBI. I wish it would be optional. It is counterintuitive and oldschool. The new feature is bugged - I see new icons through the code window. Overall I wish we have dark mode instead of such features as in every single modern app. Current view hurt my ill eyes and it looks really like from other era.  

New Member

Hi! In general this feature seems promising. Main problem I have is I'm unable to switch visualizations once I've picked one. Clicking on the icons in the Insert pane just inserts a new viz instead of switching. I'm used to the behavior where I can change a visualization on demand by clicking on a different viz icon in the visualizations pane.  

Thank you for the feedback. After you insert a new visual from the ribbon, you should see this new menu. You can change the visual type from here. There is a known bug where this menu is not open automatically. We hope to have the fix soon


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Awesome. Thank you so much for the response. This is the kind of user engagement that makes people loyal!

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

Thank you for reaching out to gather feedback about the new On-Object Interaction feature. Here are some thoughts:

  • I really like the new feature as it allows for more interactivity within the report without having to drill down to another page.
  • One change I would like to see is the ability to have more customization options for the actions that can be taken on an object. Currently, the available options are limited to simple actions like changing filters or navigating to another report page.
  • I haven't turned off the preview switch, as I find the feature to be useful.
  • An additional capability that could be useful is the ability to have different interactions for different user roles or permissions. For example, certain interactions may only be available to admin users.

Thank you for considering our feedback, and I look forward to seeing how this feature continues to evolve.

New Member

Hi Power BI team,


I tried the new on-object interaction feature for a view weeks. 

From my perspective I have to say that the former structure was better for working effectively. So I had to deactivate the preview feature.
One excample that created a lot of issues for me was the creation and optimization inside a report by using bookmarks and selections. In the new view it is not possible to the both settings at the same time. That makes it much more difficult to handle these features.

Also the handling on the visual itself is more confusing now. 

Maybe there should be some more adjustments to optimize the user expierience.


Regards, Thomas




Hello Thomas,


Thanks for the feedback. There are some improvements coming that will give you options to make the structure closer to what you are used to. Please stay tuned.


You can work with the Bookmark and Selection panes at the same time. While you have the Bookmarks pane open, right click the icon for the Selection pane in the sidebar, then select the option "Open in new pane." I've attached screenshots below.


Could you give me more details around the handling on the visual itself is more confusing? This will help me better understand the issue you are having, so the team can look into possible solutions in the future. Thanks


dual panes.png


Frequent Visitor

I personally prefer the using the previous way. However, to cater to both preferences maybe add it is an option in View>>Show Panes. 



New Member

Nice Feature, but requires some improvements.
- field order on a table can't be changed, by draging fields up or down;
- Data Panel, can't be collapsed, must be closed, then, through the menu, be activated again! It should be kept working as before, the same way the filters still do.
I've turned it off, for now.

Frequent Visitor

Column & measure names are difficult to read due to the fixed width of the pane and the size of the X  |  > icons.

I'm really missing the ability to resize the width of the pane.  See image.
I have switched off the preview as I find it too difficult to have an overview of what I am working with.





New Member

Turned off the preview after trying to use it.  Took too long to edit / too many mouse clicks.

Regular Visitor

Incredibly disorienting. Why not post a video showing the new interface in action?


As a new user, I bought a course ( to learn how to build reports in Power BI. It seems that went completely out of date before I finished it! 


Why did I turn the preview off? On the first attempt to use the new interface the whole application effectively locked-up. Every click generated a "ding" but no visual clues about what was wrong. Even the file menu was inaccessible. I had to kill the Power BI processes with task manager, restart, and turn-off the preview feature before it locked-up again. 

Advocate I
Advocate I

On-Object is useless without the ability to change field aggregations; there's no option to change it after you "Add Data" in the field well. Instead, you either need to live with it, or change the summarization type of the column/field itself, which is not ideal and not sustainable with multiple visuals needing independent aggregations over the same field.

I had a similar issue, and it turns out the options are still there, just not so easy to find the right place where you need to right-click with the mouse to be able to change summarizations. You can see the details on this post below (message #96):


I can now change summarization if I right click right on the data item label name. If you click on any of the other visual elements such as the "x" or the arrow pointing to the right, it does not work.  They said they will change into something more intuitive.

THANK YOU!! That worked on my end. 

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