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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

Hi Rosie,


As I suffer for a month for my generate additional clicks when I use a huge screen this feature is unuseful compared with a data panel + visualition. It's true that in small screens like tablets this feature is useful but remmember that Power BI Desktop is Desktop oriented for that reason is interesting to mantain both options


      From my perspective a reemplacement is a no go, if it's a choose for the user will be interesting

Advocate II
Advocate II

1) Please don't force this on us. 

2) I used it for 1 week and I found it not intuitive at all.
     - It adds too many clicks.

      - Not having the data pane + the visualization edit pane showing at the same time is a no go for me


Advocate I
Advocate I

If this is what some users are wanting that is fine, but this change is very confusing and not intituative. If the Power BI team is going to keep this approach, i would like to see an option to continue to have the older layout, and if someone wants to use the on object interaction they can. the new on object interaction is very confusing. 

I wasn't a big fan with the initial roll out but after the updates, I think the on-object is improving rapidly and now use it regularly. I'd still like to see the on-object field picker a bit wider to make browsing easier - the tabs to display the fields just pushes the field names out of the visual range. But the ability to swap out fields is really nice and the right-click options make it easier to adjust the fields in a visual with less mouse movement. I've used it quite a bit for the last couple weeks and find I'm moving my mouse much less to go to the right pane to make adjustments.

Frequent Visitor

Where is the option on slicers to "Show values of the selected field"?. This is valuable when working with field parameters.




Ok. Found this option in July. Maybe it was there before but I see it now.




Advocate II
Advocate II

Just add an option to make the panes stickied and the panes then stay on all the time, whatever I do.

I constantly have to click on open in new pane as the panes get closed, whenever I open a new pane or click away from a visual. It drives me nuts.

I completely agree. What should be an improvement is turning out to be a downfall.

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Finally tried this for a few days and ended up turning it off.  This is an awful user experience.  It added more clicks to accomplish the same task than previous.  Please do not force us to take this on.  Leave it optional.  PLEASE.  I am begging.


EDIT ->  It would be better if we could just leave the panes where and how they are and simply add "On Object" functionality ONLY.  There is no need to change how the panes act/re-act.


Advocate I
Advocate I

Despite all the comments relating to this Ooi feature back when it was first in preview, the feature is still too clunky to use. 


The main problem is that the multiple panes do not stay in place when a report is reopened, or when another pane is opened from the menu. This means that the number of clicks is too many to do simple tasks like adjust visual specific bookmarks or chnage the sync and postion of common slicers.  The extra June updates to this feature e.g. conditional formatting and always showing the switcher are welcome but until the feature can match the productivity of what it replaces I can see a relunctance to swicth to it. 


Please review the full comments from users in previous updates and it would be appreciated if these will be sorted or if not then why. Any other "enhancements" that change the preview feature may offer alternatives but it is not clear where the strategic direction is going with this.  Are we stuck with its inconsistencies?

New Member

Yeah, I really dislike this On-Object interaction. Feels so much less intuitive.



I tried to put the same table column twice in a visualization, as I always do, but the On-Object didn't allow it, even using the new mode. My intention is to put a name and a COUNT of it beside without creating a measure. It was a quick analysis.


I came back to the "old" interface.





Regular Visitor


Hello tiinnovapharma,


Solved: Re: Preview - On-object interaction: Where's the D... - Microsoft Fabric Community


Drill-through is in the format pane under page settings. Please check out the link for more info. Also please consider giving a kudos to the other community member that posted the solution


Thansk for the tip.  Were you able to get it to work?

Even after finding the new Page Type for Drill Through, I cannot get it to work.  I am curious when documentation will be updated.    I tried to turn this OOI feature off but then it would not let me untoggle the "Keep All Filters" option.  😞  I had to reenable OOI, change it back to Standard page, re-disable OOI and then I could create a drill through without keeping all filters.  But maybe there is some other option that goes with this that I can't find?

Same here, link didn't help. Can't find documentation on this either.

Advocate III
Advocate III

The June 2023 update brought some improvement, but still some issues.

Great to have the possibility to have the "Build a visual" pane on the right, however, it still needs a lot of clicks when using over different visuals.


e.g. the following situation:

  • selecting a visual opens the "Build a visual" pane (after setting this up initially) = OK
  • I also want the "Data" pane to open, so I have to click the "Open in new pane" = OK (2 panes opened)
  • when I now click away from the visual, the "Build a visual" pane disappears: seems logical, however...
  • when I then select the visual again (or another one), I have to repeat the same action to also show the data pane again...

Would be better if you really could decide yourself what panels to open/close/show.

Second that. If applying bookmarks, especially, it's a huge pain in the neck.

New Member

Hi team

Have tried it after viewing some YouTube vids and was interested in how it worked for me.  I am a Intermmediate PBI user and found it very frustrating.  The Visualization pane offered me a more seemless approach to changes I wanted to make and I like the visual queues that are available to me at all times through the vis pane.  Will be turning it off.


As a follow-up to my previous feedback, the new updates as of this month (June 20th at time of writing) do improve the situation, but the same fundamental issue remains [in terms of the basic behaviour of the panels on the right-hand side], so I still have to revert to the old/current behaviour for the sake of efficiency.

That said, I can now much more easily summarize my biggest concern/request, so again thank you for the updates so far.


And to summarise the main (remaining) requirement:

  • We should have the option to setup our PBI desktop instance so that ALL panes on the right of the screen in PBI desktop should simply/exactly mimic the Filters pane behaviour in EVERY aspect, and by extension the current/old behaviour in place.
    To break this down further, this means that:
    • Once opened, each pane REMAINS open until we explictly close it.
    • The pane selected should REMAIN SELECTED when clicking on different visuals, regardless of which part of the visual is clicked on.
      • This is important since I'm often navigating between several visuals in quick succesion, with a view to comparing the same (context specific) formatting values between them [for example their X vertical position]. Therefore having to respecify which pane I need for that comparison as I move from one visual to another adds clicks to each interaction and noticeably slows down the process overall.
    • Closing the pane should simply mean clicking on the pane title (or the double chevron arrow), in which case it closes/folds closed, but remains available to open again with a SINGLE CLICK.
    • Removing the pane completely from the selected set should be treated as a different, higher level action and require clicking in the top panel (as per the Fields pane).
    • In this 'classic' mode the pane icons on the far right can/may be removed, since they are not required?


With this change/these changes, those of us who require the current pane behaviour on the right to remain as it is/was will be able to leverage the best of both worlds, or at least maintain the current behaviour if preferable. I understand the drive to make all Microsoft apps behave the same, but in this instance there's a very purposeful reason (or set of reasons) behind the difference of experience in Power BI. The 'single pane' concept is simply not useful or appropriate for many users of Power BI (and again, thanks for all the updates to this functionality so far, it seems to slowly be going in the right direction at least).

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