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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

I've had to disable it, too awkward. 

Main issue: Data field width too narrow and unadjustable. 

1. Annoying to add a data field and then have to shift it from the bottom of the list to where I want it to be. In the old version, I could 
2. Annoying to have to search in a separate list, rather than just have the field list and drag onto the viz pane. 



Memorable Member
Memorable Member


regarding the new feature "On-object format subselections now supported in spotlight and focus mode", I think there is a bug :

I select the Format from elipse button (top-rigth of the visual), Then the Format pane is appear :


I click the cross icon on the pane and close it : 


Now when I Focus on the visual (by clicking the Focus Mode), It show me the "Exit format mode" without the format pane :



best regards




New Member

I do not like. I remove this options from PBI.

Regular Visitor

I have tried to give the feature a fair shake. Removing the pane itself is the most annoying part. I wish the visual pane was still available along with the On-Object interaction. 

It takes too much time to hover over an object, click the icon and then start dropping in data. It is much faster if the panes can be opened side by side. 

I have tried this many times - turned it on after each update, then turned it back off within the same day because I got frustrated.   I know additional changes are coming, and perhaps at some point this will be an acceptable feature for me.   But honestly, if this is the only option for change - I would rather it be left alone.   I understand that you're trying to make it more like the Excel experience, not sure that is the best choice here.   As many others have said, please keep listening to the community - forcing change is not always a good option.

More clicks in the design process isn't needed, and this doesn't solve the 'where can I find x feature problem' either.   I think the best solution for that would be to move the visual design features to the ribbon.

Other options could be:

1. keep the panes we have - but let us undock and move them away from the side panel (even outside of the design window!)

2. ditch the panes, put the design detail onto the ribbon - there's LOTS of real-estate there, and drop-downs are more intuitive in that area.

3. a few of the changes - like adding text header information might make sense to have on-object, but we don't need to have EVERYTHING there.

I agree. If the amount of developer effort that was being assigned to this feature was directed to refining/fixing the existing UI we would all be way better off. 

I agree

Oh my goodness, yes.    Or rather put, if the CAT Team were engaged and helped to put commonsense into this in the same way they envisioned Fabric....., and if Satya himself said look what awesomeness we have for you.   We care about the Makers, the Admins, the Business users, and envision a way to help you all to have a better experience and outshine Tableau and Google.  Maybe then I would believe in this.  But no.

Thank you @Heather_R .  Very articulate.

New Member

I would like to know if is possible to create acumulate value in the matrix, but with Product Name and acumulate values in the vertical and dates (by day) in horizontal


I need to do acumulated value by day, but like it.

Advocate I
Advocate I

In the Build a visual pane when the Visual types section is expanded, you can't scroll the pane anymore until you collapse the Visual types section. 



New Member

I cant stand it - awfull

New Member

I'm not a fan of the pane switcher. The Build a Visual option disappears from my switcher, and other panes collapse even without me selecting the collapse dropdown randomly.  Also the X at the top of the pane doesn't behave intuitively: instead of collapsing the pane, it removes the pane from the pane switcher, requiring more 'fixing'.


While I appreciate the effort to increase real estate for the visuals, I strongly prefer the old way of collapsing panes. 

Frequent Visitor

Really hope it doesn't get implemented. 

It is so distracting and more difficult and time consuming to use.

Advocate II
Advocate II

I turned off On-Object Interaction 4 times due to spending so much time doing my work. It isn't charming ever in Power bi preview history. 

Advocate III
Advocate III

It's terrible UX. Visually clunky, functionally clunky, everything takes more clicks than before. Field names more than 12 characters--12(!!!)--are truncated in the "Build a visual" menu.


It's terrible. Terrible.

Honestly, I hope it doesn't get implemented, unless it's an option, because I don't see the possibility of replacing it. It would be much more interesting to implement some improvements in the current panels, such as collapsing the "Build visual" in the "Visualizations" panel and editing the Title of a visual directly in it and other improvements.

I think you can create icon to spin pane or create new option select to keep it show. Too difficult to remember so many shortcut to use new On-Object Interaction like "Ctrl Click". Better to make it visible.









Advocate I
Advocate I

The biggest thing I'd like to see improved that makes it more difficult for me to use is how narrow the data pane is - the one that pops up when you click to add data to the visual. Especially when using display folders, I can't see much more than 1 word, which makes it hard to tell similarly named measures apart without pausing to hover over them.

It'd be great if this window was expandable like it used to be when it was its own pane, if its width could be extended, or if a setting were added to predefine its width.



Hi @GarettWP thanks for this feedback. We're adding the re-size to the 2nd flyout as we speak, targeting October release.

Resolver I
Resolver I

So I have tried the update to the "on object inteaction" that is available in the July 2023 PowerBI update. In short, this allows the sticking of icons to the right hand side which is great, but fails becase as soon as i want to drag data frmo the "data" icon to the "visulation" icon i can't. In other words its as useful as a chocolate teapot because its been implemented without actually thinking how it may be used.

To get this to work, just please allow each icon to have its menu/area come out and be able to be "PINNED" out. Yes that means if i have 4 different icons "PINNED" out I am taking up real estate but this is the only way I can use the object interaction. Otherwise its back to turning it off and using the older better system.

Thank you for listening

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