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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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I agree completely. My impression is that this feature has been thought up by some product managers who themselves do not work productively with Power BI, but only occasionally with some demo data. As if someone "from above" has given the order, or as if someone has such a fixed idea in his head, wants to "delight" others with these ideas and unfortunately also has the power to enforce this against any feedback.

Normally, a new feature should have the goal of making work easier and adding functionality. Here we see the opposite. Against feedback from experienced users and against common sense, they are trying to change something by force. There are parts of the idea that make it better. But they are incidental. The basic idea of attaching actions directly to the object via a context menu is the real evil.

Why not do it in addition to the existing way? Then one can continue to work productively with the existing functionality. And you could gradually add more object interactions. The problem is that it is currently an "either - or". That frustrates us! Because they want to take away something that works.

Regular Visitor

A bunch of additional clicks to do the same as before. Absolutely unproductive and counterintuitive.

Not applicable

I would rather lose some screen space to a side panel than deal with that box.


Having it in the sidebar means I seldom have to scroll to see all of the selections.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi Nic14,


Please stay tuned for our June and July releases. I have a feeling there will be some options that you are looking for.

New Member

Please see enclosed image, where I can find this menu (or it equivavelent) when using this feature? 



Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi sabiadut,


You can find the drill-through options in the Format pane under Page information. Select Page type dropdown menu to select drill-through.



New Member

On desktop - when On-object interaction is switched on, and I am wanting to edit a measure, I must be in the "Model" view. And can no longer edit a measure from "Report" or "Data" views.


This appears unecessarily restrictive, and requires additional clicks to go and edit my measure.


In summary, the behaviour wasn't intuitive and  - I was expecting the behaviour to be the same between Model/Data/Report view.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi eddiel,


Hopefully I can help here, since you should be able to edit measures in Report view. There is a new UI that switches the panes and you may have hidden the Data pane(Previous called Fields pane). Do you see this UI? 



If you select the cylinder icon(Data) then you will be able to select your measure to edit it in the formula bar


If you do not see that UI, the Data pane may be dismissed. To bring it back you can go to the View tab in the Ribbon. There you can select the Data in the show panes section. It will have the same the same icon


Please let me know if this didn't solve your issue. Happy to help futher


New Member

I turned if off once I found out I cannot see the full names of fields because I cannot expand - widen the pop up. If I am working with the fields, I need to see them. Some of the features may be ok, but this put me off early so I did not get to try more.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi Jan_jurik

Thanks for the feedback. This is something that is part of a future planned release. Though which release is TBD.

Apologies if this sounds like an excuse. This is not my intent. This is me trying to be more transparent around how we work. One of Microsoft's values is to Empower everyone(paraphasing a bit). So we trying to not work on features that either aren't accessible or don't have a plan to be accessible. This caused us to hold off on implementing resizing. That way an engineer could work on an accessible solution all at once.

Please check back on our blog for the month release notes. Here is the link in case you don't already have it Power BI Blog—Updates and News | Microsoft Power BI Once this ability is available, I hope that you will give it another try.

Advocate V
Advocate V

For goodness sake please abandon any further development on this!


I turned it off a few days ago after struggling for weeks to get used to it and I just turned it on again to see if it would be easier to use, but it wasn't.


  • The Build a visual box is always in the way of either the current visual it's attached to, other visuals or the formula bar when I'm creating or editing measures. Put it back next to the Filters pane like it used to be.
  • The Data pane is cumbersome to collapse now that you have that option in the drop down menu. You should put back the << and >> symbols like you do with the Filters pane.
  • The format pane should also do away with the drop down menu and have the << and >> symbols to expand and collapse.

These and the many, many other comments you have received on how frustrating and time consuming it is to work with this feature should convince you to stop further development on it.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi JohnF1966,


Thanks for the feedback. I'm still working my way through all the comments, but I saw that I've replied to one of your more recent comments. Please check out my response from that post here

Though I can address things here that weren't part of the other post


  • Please look for the June release, this will let you move the Build a visual box to the left side of the screen as part of the pane switcher
    • There is also a bug right now that the menus are showing above the formula. The solution is in the works though you may have to wait for the July release for this.
      • Unfortunately the only workaround now is to deselect the visual when editing measures or reposition the visual and more it back after
  • It sounds like you are already using the new pane switcher UI. Though please let me know if I'm interupting that wrong. The collapsing of a pane when a singular pane is present was not an elegant interim solution. The pane switcher UI will allow you to collapse panes
    • As a workaround If you do have the pane switcher open you can collapse the panes by cicking the icon of the visible pane. 

Please keep an eye out for the release notes on our blog here. Once we have implemented more features and fixed some bugs, I hope you will give the feature another try

Advocate I
Advocate I

I used the On-Object Interaction feature for over two weeks before I gave up and turned off the preview. It was always a struggle to figure out where formatting functions were hidden. It took me 2X to 3X as much time to create a new visual. I finally disabled the feature when I spent 45 minutes looking for and googling for the On Object method for changing a visual type from one visual to another. (Stacked Bar to Stacked Column). This is trivial in the standard (not On Object) interface. When I got back to the standard interface and finished the report, I realized just how frustrating the On-Object tool really is. 

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi dweaver987.


Thanks for the feedback. I'm hoping I can help with some of the things you are mentioning.

There are a few ways to get the format pane to appear:

  • Enter format mode by double-clicking a visual
    • The format pane will move to the options as you click on them in the visuals
    • If you right click a floatie menu will appear with options
  • Right click the canvas and select Format canvas
    • Then selecting the visual you want to format
  • Go to the View tab of the ribbon and select the Format option in the Show panes section

If you prefer to format like you did before the pane itself should be the same. We are adding options to make it easier to get the panes you would like to work with(June release) and persist them when you return to Power BI (July release)


Changing visuals

  • This does require opening the Build a visual button if you want to do this on-object. If you don't see the visual you want in the top row, please use the down chevron to expand the listEwanT_1-1685745849438.png


  • Though if you want to change the visual without opening the Build a visual button, you can select the visual and use the visualizations gallery in the Home ribbon (May release). There are some of the highly used visual in the gallery, but if you want to see all visual types, you can click the down chevron bottom to the right of the gallery
  • EwanT_0-1685745554563.png


I hope this was helpful. Also I hope you'll try the June release. It should help you to create visuals faster when you can have the Build a visual menu on the left side of the screen.

Regular Visitor



If the "suggest a type" switch is on, I can't change the order of columns for a table view.


for me personell the on-object interaction is not so useful. Nice to have a second sidebar to select the panels... but in general the old version was more userfriendly


BR Sven

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi Sven,


The "suggest a type" feature attempts to give you the right visual type based on the data you put in the field and it doesn't take into consideration the order. Here are some options for you so you can reorder your tables:

  • When your visual becomes a table, turn the "suggest a type" toggle off
  • Click the Table icon in the Visual type selector
    • Selecting any visual type this way will automatic turn the "suggest a type" toggle off
  • If you prefer not to have this option on by default you can turn it off. In the Options dialog, under Global Report settings you can turn uncheck the "Suggest a visual type by default" option
    • EwanT_2-1685746408490.png


I hope this was helpful and thanks for trying out the feature. Please stay tuned for the June release, we'll be adding more options

Regular Visitor

I put a date field into a table, it naturally did it in hierarchy format. I want the date to be consolidated in just one column, and was not able to achieve that. Either this functionality was not added or not intuitive and convenient enough for users. It's annoying to have to keep turning this feature off because I can't do something simple. 

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi msherline,


Hoping I can help with this. If you right-click on the field CreationDate there will be an option in the menu that is the same as the field name above the checked Date Hierarchy option. Select that to get the desired result


In my example, I right-clicked on OrderDate and I would select OrderDate in the menu. We are working to make this option more discoverable, but the release is still TBD

Not applicable

Still really dislike it. I once again tried it for 10 minutes and had to turn off the preview. I know you think users have an issue with "moving their cheese" but this is just inefficient. It is not equivalent to Excel if that's what you're going for. If you must default this on, PLEASE have a setting where we can turn it off.



Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi Iberstein,


Thanks for the feedback. We have planned releases to address issues we are hearing. We know that some people adjust after "moving their cheese" but this isn't the case with this one. We know that additional options are needed for our users. Replicating Excel only isn't the goal here, but we are trying to move toward familiar interactions across Microsoft: on-object editing, having more functionality in the ribbon, and if you have seen the news from Microsoft Build work as part of Fabric. 


With all that said, we will continue to gather feedback from the community and if something works for one product but not for Power BI we will adjust to make sure that it will. 


Please stay tuned for our June and July releases. There will be options to make the menus easier to use

Helper V
Helper V

Dislike this new feature.  And showed it to several other users who also disliked it.  If you add this PLEASE include an easy way to add back the visualizations pane.  Recognize Msft wants to make this similar to Excel - but Excel is old. Might be better to bring the past into the future - instead of making new apps try to work like 'old' apps.  Thanks

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