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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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Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

You have all my support. I completely agree.

Advocate V
Advocate V

The 'Build a Visual' icon dissapears (deactivates) whenever I click on a shape (like a line for example). I have to either go into the View menu or thePane SwitcherPane to reactivate. Please take a look at this issue. Sometimes the 'Data' icon dissapears too, but not as often.

Advocate III
Advocate III

The October 2023 Power BI Updates YouTube video had comments turned on and MS staff were responding to some. But apparently the number of negative comments about on-object interactions grew enough that there that they turned off commenting... (sigh) MS could save the time and effort of their developers and their PR teams if they would just abandon this terrible, terrible, UX.

I just went back to the video - comments are back on, and this was pinned. It is the first direct acknowledgement (I have seen) since this whole "journey" started...... 


"@MohammadAli-pm6vt Just to respond to everyone, we have read all your feedback, and we really appreciate the hard truth and will make the necessary adjustments to not degrade the experience. We will follow up in the coming month. Thanks (Mo, Product owner for PBI Desktop)"

I hope they really listen to the community.

Also, though, it was just a week ago that they published a video on guy in a cube called "Why On-Object Editing in Power BI?" with a similar comment from Mohammad at Microsoft. But the video said it would eventually become the default experience. Don't be fooled by his seemingly genuine comment. It just means they're going to try to fix more bugs before they make it the default experience.

if it is default but not mandatory, that may be a positive. Thing is there are some comparatively simple enhancements to the current UI that would benefit us all enourmously. OOE has (likely) sucked all resources away from that. 

It may not be mandatory now, but how long do you think MS will continue to pour development resources into an older feature that they want to depreciate? It will only be a matter of time before such development of the older UI becomes a cost that can/"needs" to be cut. There is plenty of history of MS doing just that with their products.

as I've noted before though, that's false optimism. No one builds and maintains parallel solutions. "Default" = "Mandatory" sooner or later.

sadly, you are right. one a new manager will say "this is technical debt" only 30% of users have this turned on, depreciate it. the fact that 80% of the work is being done by that 30% will be irrelevant 😞

I just downloaded the latest version and though it is better, I still HATE it.

If you force me to relearn things, then I may as well learn a different product!
I'm already in a debate with others about which platform to use, and if the advantage of already knowing MS/PBI is undermined, then there goes my argument for sticking with it.  If you mandate the use of On Object, I will be extremely pissed and will likely no longer advocate against switching platforms. It is not just this change, but what else am I going to have to relearn in the future??

If you were just adding options, that's fine, but stop taking things away and forcing us to relearn things we already know.

Sorry, I don't mean to be rude but I think this really, really sucks. And what bothers me the most is the arrogance of MS to be ignoring the users that are saying that we do NOT want this and saying that it will become mandated/default.

Additionally, I think this was introduced into public preview waaay prematurely. End user feedback is one thing, although the feedback doesn't seem to mean much to MS. But I'm not your QC team. I have better things to do then waste my team hunting around trying to figure out how to do things I already used to know, especially when there were glaringly obvious deficiencies that should have been addressed before this was ever put out to the public. If this version were the first preview, maybe end users wouldn't be so oppossed to it. But it isn't. And I know I speak for many others when I say that we are.

I completely agree. Especially: we are the opinion maker, and decision makers often (even most time) follow our opinion. And this feature and especially the communication from MS (not listening us, and just broadcasting: this is the future, we don't care about your opinion) is destroying a lot of trust. I think, it is a mega communication disaster. 

It took a long time before I became a "Power BI advocate". My opinion really counts. And I am also very effective in avoiding products. MS is playing a risky game with us.

And it's not only about the unusable GUI "improvements". For me the most important feature of Power BI is the modeling. If the GUI can't be promoted by me, then I can't use the Tabular engine build into Power BI. But if Microsoft promotes ways from SSAS into Power BI Services, then how I can use this technology, if the GUI can't be used anymore? Can I still trust MS and still use this technology? I use MS since the very beginning, because I trusted.

I lost a lot of trust when I saw how quickly and easily Microsoft betrayed entire markets, like Russia. And I ask myself, are the old Power BI veterans being betrayed here?

There's every point. In 2018, I deeply analyzed two BIs, Tableau and Power BI, at the time Tableau was much better than Power BI, but due to the monthly releases of new versions implementing improvements, I decided on Power BI, today it has evolved a lot and is already the leader, but he is abusing us developers, in my case perhaps I will review my preference.

If this happens, it will be a flood of criticism and disappointment and will completely lose the trust of the developers.

I saw that comment earlier this week. But I can't access comments now whether I'm logged in or not. Just says "Restricted Mode has hidden comments for this video.".


I successfully added some comments a minute ago. 
Maybe they have you on a black list? surely not?  🤔

I thought maybe too, but I don't see comments even if I'm not logged in. Don't know. 

wierd..... 🤷‍♂️

Advocate I
Advocate I

I had to turn this off also.    I don't usually comment on these forums but the implementation of OOI is really bad.  


There are some items that should be edited on-object such as the title, axis labels, data labels etc but that is about all.  The rest is fine in the panes.    The dimensions and measure do not need to be edited on-object (they're not in Excel).  Why would the formatting pane act differently to the other panes?   All the panes should be consistent.  The formatting pane should not pop up just when a visual is selected.  Sigh.    

I'd recommended starting again using the existing experience as a base and working from this.  

Have to say the same; I normally work in this mode for other things, but the PBI implementation is far too awkward and broken (e.g. no field reordering)

I fully agree. But it seems like they don't want to improve the existing one and insist on this bad interface.

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