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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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I have complained about this feature from the beginning. I've tried each version, but always finding a reason or reasons to turn it off. I have workied with the November release through the updating of three reports that I've developed. I found it to be at least tolerable, allowing me to complete updates without throwing my hands up in frustration and turning the feature off again.


However, it is still buggy. Several times when trying to perform straight forward tasks, such as changing the order/layering of items in the selection pane, all the open/"pinned" panes would suddenly close, requiring me to open them and work my way back to where I was.


I don't like having to "pin" my desired panes open for each page of my report. It would be better if I could open and "pin" panes and would remain open until I close them. I don't like that when collpsing panes, they are removed from the list of panes, requiring me to find and select them again. I would also much prefer they simply collapse, like the filter pane currently does , and remain there for me to click and retore them.


So I admit that it is getting better, but I still prefer the original interface better. I'm still holding onto hope that MS will not force this new default to be only option and allow users to make their own decision on which interface they prefer to work with.

I also noticed several improvements in the November update, but there are many bugs that need to be fixed, I can't waste time on this and that's why I disabled it. I also hope this doesn't become the default, or at least that they keep the two options to choose from.

Advocate V
Advocate V

I like that we can now resize the data flyout (second flyout), but I don't use the 'Build a Visual' pane from the build button on the object itself, I use it pinned to the Pane Switcher on the right and I'd like to see that same resizing ability applied there as well. 

Advocate V
Advocate V

I'm liking the November 2023 update to the On-Object feature where you can now keep all your panes open. This was much needed.

Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Gave it another try ... it crushed my report. Switched back to classic mode, no such issue. 


On top of being pointless click-adding-maniac, "on-object" is also far from stable. 



Hi QC - Sincere apologies you ran into this crash. Could you provide the build version you ran into this issue?

Helper I
Helper I

Hello Rosie, In Matrix, when a cell element is added with background fx using a measure, a grey border is added around the cell. Is there a way to remove the border line?

Advocate V
Advocate V

When I'm in the 'Build a visual' pane and I click on the '>' in the 'Columns' section it opens up a side pane titled 'Data' where I can click on the drop down in the 'Field' section which allows me to select or search for a field.(see 'Search Bar Visible' Image below which shows what is displayed when I click on the top item in the list titled 'Column1'). This is good, however when I have a lot of tables in my model and I click on the second column titled 'Column2' the search bar is hidden and off the screen at the top (see 'Search Bar Missing' image below).


Please take a look and correct this.


Search Bar Visible.JPGSearch Bar Missing.JPG


The December 2023 update did not address the above mentioned issue of the search bar being off-screen. Is this being looked at? And will it be fixed in the next update?

Hi @JohnF1966 the fix will be in the next release, which is the February build. Apologies for the delay

The November update has more bugs than the previous ones and is impossible to work with. Deactivating, again.

Advocate I
Advocate I

This feature is terrible.  I keep closing the data and visualizations panes and have to go to View menu to make visible again.  You can only add a column to an existing table/matrix visual at the end and then move it up to where you want it.  Please don't make this feature permanent.

Responsive Resident
Responsive Resident

Personally I hate it.  This "improvement" is completely unintuitive, breaks existing functionality, requires more clicks to accomplish the same tasks, and breaks existing workflow practices.  Please kill this "feature" before making it required for all users.

Advocate I
Advocate I

I can definitely see use cases where this on-object interaction would be beneficial. However, for those whose jobs center around creating reports & dashboards that have numerous visuals, the consistency of the pinned panes on the right (turning on-object preview off) is superior in my opinon.


Having the visual formatting pane visible at all times is a huge help. I can click between objects to quickly see if stylings match. This is a cumbersome task with on-object formatting.


Having the panes disappear when you click off an object is also surprising and unintuitive. I would want things like bookmarks/selection/data to persist until I close it.


All that is to say, I'm not opposed to keeping the on-object menus for those that find them useful. But if that comes out of preview/into production, I would hope there is a way for users to configure whether they want pinned panes.

Collapse a Pane. 


Some of the panes I use more than others.  When I collapse a pane I frequently use to make more room on my screen or when I am not immediately using it - the pane disappears over to the pane switcher.  Then I have to go back over and find it again by searching at the icons.   The behaviour of collapse is much better when it actually collpases - like the filter pane - just one click to collapse and one click to open and I can read the title of the pane I have just collpased.    It would be a much better experience if can choose to have the panes I am using frequently to simply collpase and we can still see the heading, just like the filter pane.  This way it is easier to find, quicker to use and much more slick.  I think that we could also have the choice to 'park' the panes we dont frequently use over on the pane switcher but still have the option to collapse - like the filter pane.

Will there be options to change the default grey color of the rule/line when the mouse is hovered over the visual in tooltip?

Helper I
Helper I

Hello Rosie, everytime I click on anything in selection pane, it collapses and I have to reopen again. What is the solution to keep the selection pane, bookmark pane, format pane, etc from not closing. Also I would like to know if these panes can come out of the current window and have it seen in a separate window? Right now when all panes are open it occupies most of the space and the report size becomes less readable. Having a separate window for these pane would allow users with multiple screen to use them conventiently wihout have to open, collapse or close. 

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)"

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