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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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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

Hi @BugmanJ pinning and a setting for always "open in new pane" is on it's way! In the interim, you can open multiple panes side by side by CTRL + Click or right click "open in new pane."

Advocate II
Advocate II

I do not like this feature.  Please allow us to disable it and never have to look at it or become aware of its existence again.

Advocate I
Advocate I

Honey RosieL

Please make sure this new feature doesn't go into production, I hate it;

It complicates and costs me more; normally I only need clicks my mouses 3-5 to do a setup, but here I need to double click, this experience is very unfriendly;

I had to turn it off to preserve my productivity, I'm sure my co-workers will pick my choice;

Advocate I
Advocate I

Usually I like the Preview features, but I had to turn this one off as it made building visuals much more complicated than it should be.

Super User
Super User

Due to the magnitude of change to the Desktop Designer with this, it would be an act of transparency to share the feedback from the Private Preview.  This came out of the blue. 

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi foodd,


I wanted to follow up to fully understand your ask. Are you asking to know what feedback we have been receiving? Or are you asking for more warning of changes since you mentioned this came out of the blue?

Happy to answer any of your questions

I refer to Microsoft Private Preview.  That sort of feedback would have already been gathered, tabulated, and summarized prior to the Public Preview we are in now.  Sharing the entire catalog of feedback and recommendations would be a measure of trust and transparency and promote a sense of confidence in bringing such a sea change to Desktop Designer.

New Member

Please ensure this feature never makes its way into production. Thank-you.

Advocate I
Advocate I

Strongly, strongly dislike this feature. It has made creating visuals so much harder and I find it very distracting to have to flip around in panes to pull my data in / format /revise the visual.

Microsoft Employee
Microsoft Employee

Hi aedward5,


Thanks for the feedback. We do have some upcoming features to help with the flipping. You'll be able to keep the panes you would like open to always show instead flipping

Advocate I
Advocate I



I have been working Power Bi since the beginning and earlier with Excel Power Pivot and such.

We have come a long way and in general new features are improvements.


However the new way of building a visual is much more complex than it needs to be.

Having the option to dock "build a visual" to the side pane is already an improvement.

But now I have to chose between seeing the Data pane and the Build a visual pane.

While it could be good for new users to be able to select fields from the fieldwells directly,

some visual require a lot of columns or measures to be added and to each time click Add Data and then selecting the fields is very frustrating because earlier I could just drop them in there from one side pane (data) to the fieldwells that were in the side pane left of the data pane (the clasic experience)

The new feature is such a productivity killer for more advanced users.


Please include a way to either show multiple side panes at once or to keep the classic experience longer until you have found another solution to make this workable again.


I have often felt like an unpaid beta tester before and i never minded it for the advancement of the product.

I needed to create a new account for this and I never was too vocal on your forums anyways, but this time i feel i need to provide you with this feedback or i might be stuck with the way you designed it now...


Please fix this!

Hi @JonasArnout2 thanks for taking the time to write this feedback. We have 2 features for pinning panes and a setting for always "open in new pane" on it's way!

In the interim, you can open multiple panes side by side by CTRL + Click or right click "open in new pane."

Have you had a chance to use the new on-object formatting capabilities? Would love your thoughts on that as a long time user of Power BI, we hope the formatting is easier with the point and click.

Regular Visitor

I am having a great deal of trouble seeing the option not to aggregate fields.

Hello, aggregations are still available on right click of a field, or you can use the flyout menu that contains the aggregations dropdown when choosing or swapping a field:



Power BI should be accessible and useful to "citizen developers" as "self-service BI" for people who only spend a limited portion of their time working in Power BI. When you require right clicks and the Ctrl key and hide menu items, etc, it severely increases the learning curve and discourages use of the product by non-developers.

New Member

Not a fan of this feature, It seems like you're messing with a good thing. If you do go forward with this, will you please leave it as a optional feature so that I don't have to use it in desktop if I dont want to?


I agree! Keep the new feature optional. Leave us a choice of layouts to accomplish our work as we prefer.

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