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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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Advocate I
Advocate I

Tried the feature for little over a week before turning it off again. Found it less intuitive and resulting in more clicks to do the same task. particularly less intuitive for selecting data for which I usually drag and drop. Not being able to see both data and formatting panes at the same time was a bit painful at times. 

New Member

In theory it's a good option to have, but I found the menu far too small/limiting and because it's not persistent, it ended up requiring a lot more clicks to keep opening it + scrolling to the section I needed to edit.

Advocate I
Advocate I

Where can I find the "Add futher analyses to your visual" pane gone to? I can't find it after switching to the new On-Object interaction feature. If it's still there, it's not obvious as it used to be. It's an important feature, and I like the ability to browse what analysis options I can add to the chosen visual.

Hello, the analytics pane has been merged into the format pane now details from the blog post here

Screenshot 2023-06-14 132156.png



You're halfway there, but I think you are missing the point of having the panes on the right-hand side which is to always have ALL of them open when needed without the additional step of right clicking. Once again you are adding extra steps to something that was easier previously. I suggest you please consider adding a menu item toggle which says "keep all panes open" that allows us to always leave panes open when we click on another in the pane switcher.

I fully agree. In the June update, we had an improvement in being able to have the panels open completely on the right side, but only one at a time in an alternating way, which does not help, for example, with dragging and dropping from tables. My suggestion is that the 3 panels have the option of being open at the same time, one next to the other, as is the previous pattern.

Hello, it is possible to open multiple panes side by side by right clicking an unselected pane in the pane switcher and choosing "open in new pane", next month we're making this even easier by allowing this gesture with CTRL click.


We're also currently in the works for allowing you to "bind panes" so if you prefer 2 or more panes to always open together you can also configure that. Thanks for continued feedback on the preview! 

Advocate II
Advocate II

The small icons that appear when selecting a visual should not remain on top at all times. Example: if you select a visual, then decide to write a measure, the icons stay on top of that space, which is super annoying. See screenshot. 



This is fixed for the upcoming July release! Appreciate your patience.


We need the option to pin a pane - especially the data pane.  It's extremely annoying when we select a visual and the visual pane takes the place of the data pane. The filters pane is always on, there's no reason to not have the ability to let the data pane always on as well.


Unfortunatelly I'm disabling the feature because I can no longer keep right-clicking on the data pane icon and then clicking on "Open in new pane". It's very frustrating when you're trying hard to think on what to do next, then you find a measure you were looking for, then it's "gone" because you had to select the visual and the data pane gives place to the visual pane. Please fix this, and do not make this new way of working mandatory without fixing, because it totally kills the end-user experience.

Frequent Visitor

Hi @RosieL ,


On-Object Interaction is great, but formatting of Total Lables in stacked bar chart is not working propally such as it sometimes formats the lables wrong or not at all.  This is only for Total Lables, Data Lables works so far.
I tried with and without dynamic formating of measure, neighter works (with and without Display units set to auto and none). 




@RicharddeB @jimbob2285 @Bella42 @ajayjha 

Thanks for catching this! We have fixed this for the upcoming August release.

Advocate II
Advocate II

Great step in the right direction. That said, why can't you make the formatting/data etc. icons persistent in the right column? You have enough real estate there. As it is, when I click on a visual to make a change, I now have to jump through more hoops than before to bring it up.

Keep a look out for the July blog, we've added the ability for you to customize what panes you want in the pane switcher so you can choose to have both data and formatting always on across reports if you prefer.


Just want to double check on the current behavior though, once open, the format pane should stay on the pane switcher as you work across visuals, are you finding that to not be the case?

I'll wait for the July update to confirm usability. Grateful

New Member


This is great but have some limitations like if i want to show values as agregated (% row Total, % of Coloumn Total Or % Of Grand Total) It does not let us do these thing even in matrix. Please Fix That.


New Development suggesion - Please develope gradient option for Background colours like PPT.


Thanks ..


Frequent Visitor

This is a great help : In a visual such as a clustered bar chart, when you select an element ( data label, axis, data series ) the visualization pane automatically scrolls and opens the corresponding format cards.
I just hope that this feature will quickly be extended to all visual types. As an example, the waterfall chart does not feature this behaviour yet.

Resolver III
Resolver III

Would be great if by default all different panes are already selected:


Even with a new object-level interaction we often need to work with "Data" and "Format" panes. Making them available on the right side by default would make it easier to work otherwise I need to open all of them every time I launch PowerBI Desktop.



Helper II
Helper II



The May 2023 update of formatting the matrix by right clicking now working for certain elements like column headers, individual columns.  But it is working for title, entire matrix background.

How to fix it.




Hi Thulasiraman,


Thank you for trying out the preview feature. Some elements like title and background are standard across visuals so you can access on-object formatting for these elements. At the moment the Matrix isn't supported at the level you are looking to format. Please stay tuned for a future release


For now you will need to format in the pane like before. I have heard from some users that finding the Format pane is harder now. Just in case, here are some options to make it appear:

  • Double click on a visual
  • Right click a visual and select Format
  • Select a visual, go to the Add to your visual button on the side of the visual container, and press More options button
  • Go to the View tab in the ribbon and select the Format button
Advocate II
Advocate II

My general comments are that I'd like to have both enabled so I can decide when I want to use the On visual formatting and the format pane as usual. I like new things but this makes it hard to explain to others or even document what is going on if on-visual formatting is the only method to get to this pane. This method seems to introduce too many clicks by having to click More Options virtually all the time.

Also: Is it me but am also noticing that things like title are now under Visual and not under Properties. Not a big deal but would have liked to know this was happening. FYI, when we work on visuals, it helps toknow where things are so we can move fast as formatting tends to be a time bog on most visualization projects.

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