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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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Advocate II
Advocate II

Tried it a couple of times, but turning it off. I don't like the extra clicks I have to make to add data and it is less intuitive to find formatting options. 

Not applicable

Hi there,


Since the June 2023 update I am having troubles with the preview features on-object interaction and field parameters when using them combined. I receive error messages that the report cannot be rendered, but when clicking close, the visual renders as expected. Very anyoing while developing, so for now I turned the on-object interaction preview feature off and I don't have trouble anymore. See also my separate thread about this issue: 

Version: 2.118.621.0 64-bit (June 2023)



Thank you for reporting! We'll investigate what might be causing this error.

This might be a problem I have experienced too: I was demonstrating Parameters in Power BI and I also had error messages and "send a report to Mocrosoft" dialogs come up, though the visuals had rendered successfully.  I submitted the reports, so hopefully you will have some bug reports to go through.

Advocate II
Advocate II

This is my second time enabling it, and I'm sorry to say, the second time I immediately turned it off.
While I like the convenience of having the formatting options right there, I would prefer that the original functionality not be removed, at least not yet - till the on object functionality matures.

Ideally, an option to highlight where the new formatting options are found in the on object version, when I choose it from the side bar would be very cool, and help me to migrate to the new way of working.

Most importantly, while I like formatting options being available with a right click, I do NOT like the field list there. I would strongly prefer to have that as it was, and for the right click menue to be only formatting, not choosing which columns/measures are in the visual. One of the reasons is that the width of the list is too narrow to see the entire name of the measure, which renders it useless.

Looking forward to the next iteration!

For me, the ideal is that even after implementation (there is still a long way to go to progress and become usable), it is very important that the original method is maintained as the default option, as it is much faster to build.

Advocate I
Advocate I

I tried it again after the June update. I definitely see improvements. 
The ability to pin the Build pane is a welcome change. I actually managed to work with it on without making me turn it off right away - which happened with the previous iterations. 

What I like:
1. Ability to pin the panes
2. The real on-object formatting features (fill colors, title changes, etc.)

What I (still) don't like:
1. When using the pinned Build Visual pane, I can't drag-and-drop fields from the data pane.

2. Pinning the button is only a start, we need to be able to pin the pane itself (just like the filter pane). For some reason, the Right-click --> 'Open in new pane' option is sometimes grayed out and unavailable. Can't figure out why. 

3. Add or remove visual elements --> More options is seemingly useless. I haven't been able to find a scenario where anything happened by me clicking on it.

Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Testing June update: I see some improvements, for example, allowing "Build a visual" pane to be pinned to side-pane, but user still can't see Data & Build-visual panes at the same time, making drag-drop data fields impossible. It forces users to Build pane, click on "add data" button, click again to add data fields. This is very redudant. 

Overall, the "On-object" feature is still very confusing and all-over the place even for experienced users like myself. It complicates everything, what used to be simple now needs more clicks. At the meantime, unlike well-implemented "right-click" functions in other office apps like Excel, "On-object" adds little to no value or dynamic commands that can't be easily done in Classic. 

In the end, I am not sure this new "feature" helps on-board new users more easily - if anything, it will do just the opposite.

Btw, the community has asked for many improvemnts, such as a Dark mode, adding column width control to table visual, or make hyperlink to table/matrix row header ... years past nothing happened yet, but MS choose to work on this one when no one seemed to have asked for it.




Advocate III
Advocate III

I've turned it off for now, but great to see you guys are responding in real time, thanks 🙂 I look forward to the next releases.
New Member



I love the alternating background colors for values on certain visuals (ie: Table visual) but I lose this option if I want to do something simple like horizontally center values (done at the specific column formatting option).  Is this something that could be added as part of the On-Object Interaction, since it would feel intuitive to have the option to center all values within the visual when I'm interacting with the object?  

Advocate II
Advocate II

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. 

Regular Visitor

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 IV
Advocate IV

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.

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