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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 Collector
Kudo Collector

Very sad...

Each month I try to use it and every time have to turn this off.

It's like as if who develops it doesn't use it at all. Otherwise they would experience all kinds of problems:

* "build visual pane suddenly collapses when clicking on an object other that visual and it takes extra click to get it open again

* "Build a visual" and "format" are two separate panes (instead of one) that take screen space so the report is smaller.

Turn off again

Similar results with me. While I'm forcing myself to use the new interface, I experience random issues, including pinned panes closing. When I'm in a crunch to get work done, I revert to the old interface to avoid confusion, aggravation, and impediments to progress.

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Hard to turn it off again.  This is just too awkward and as noted in a few of the replies to related post Re: Share your thoughts on the new On-Object Inter... - Page 2 - Microsoft Fabric Community .... completely random functionality is missing.

Frequent Visitor

 Hi There, apologies if this has been shared already, when using the on-object interaction i couldnt seem to change my values on a matrix visual to % of Column Total, usually under the Show Value As option this was there, but it wasnt showing any show value as options for me (or similar) while using this preview feature. Once i turned this feature off i could access these options again using the same columns in my data

New Member

This feature brokes my Desktop so I wasn't able anymore drag&drop column in visual field list. I had to turn the feature off to be able work.

Regular Visitor

I have experienced some annoying situations with this functionality, despite insisting on its use or stubbornness.


For example, in a project where a colleague has applied the implicit calculation to a measurement, transforming from "total" to "percentage", using "Show value as > Percent of grand total", when this feature is enabled it is not possible to do this.


1- using PBI with disabled on-object interaction, is possible change it:




2- when it is enabled, is impossible:




I am not fan of this feature, but it seems to me you can simply right-click on the field and change it, screenshot below with it enabled >>



I'm not fan too, but I'm just supporting a project.


I have a doubt about your screenshot: are you using any field in the table or a measure that calculates, for example, a distinct number of records (like the case I took)?

I don't have access to PBI to test right now, that's why I post here.

I tested both sum(amount) as measure and as field, on table and bar chart visuals, it works, give it a try when you can, although any measure needs to return a scalar value, not a table for it to work on a chart.

I really don't know how to explain why, but I can't do this when the feature is enabled.


If I use the column then I can apply some aggregation, for example, "Count" or "Count (Distinct)".

However, using a measure that makes the DISTINCTCOUNT (like previous aggregation) and then applying the "% GT" is not possible using object interaction, only if I disabled it.


I just tested creating a new look and even with it I can't do it.

X-Axis goal lines are not allowed either.  It is only possible without OnObject Interaction.

Here's another example, thanks!

Super User
Super User

I was just watching a video on DAX Query View by Marco Russo and even he had problems with the new interface (for 30 seconds).

That speaks volumes.

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

Please change the navigation buttons on the pane switcher.  It is awkward at best.


The X in the pane switcher is huge pain in the neck!  


I find myself constantly opening things that I have inadvertantly closed.


The user experience would feel better if the option were to simply collapse the pane only.


What exaclty is the use case for closing a pane versus collapsing anyhow?  It is not memory hog.  Closing it does not appear to offer any benefit except enabling users to have to click twice more time to get to open again.


The current user experience for this is backwards.


Two clicks to collapse, click again to re-open; and, one click to close, with two Clicks to re-open.


I recommend one clicks to collapse, click again to re-open; and, two clicks to close, and two clicks to re-open.


That is, unless you can somehow make it so that there is ever only one click, like getting rid of close altogether.


I suspect that most would agree that collapse should be the primary action and not close.  If nothing else, give me a collapse button!  I should not have to click twice to collapse the pane out of the way.

Great news - we're swapping the default behavior to be collapse instead of close with the new default configuration planned for December. Check out the November blog update that has the list of what to expect for December's new default.

Hi Rosie, Nov. update & roadmap have some welcome changes, e.g. stacking instead of closing pane window, expand data fields wider, collapse instead of closing, etc., a step in the right direction.


However, all above are simply making new UI similiar to old experience, the question is - what value does "on-object" really add? Other preview features, such as new card visual, button slicer, calculation group, DAX query view, are all very helpful, but I still couldn't find much real world applicatin of "on-object" after 1 year of trying. 


I think the strategic direction is something your team needs to clearly lay out and communicate to users. If the function allows users to direclty intereact with visual elements, e.g. axis, grid, ticks, plotting area, error bar, legend, trendline, columns, dots, etc. with a single right-click + enriched right-click menu, I'd say it has true value, because that is one of the biggest gaps in current UI.

Power BI Developers that are working with Power BI many hours a day value efficiency above all.

We do have a MUSCLE MEMORY and it's very efficient!

The old interface allows us to do things FAST, without thinking. Because our muscle memory knows exactly where the Data Pane is, where the Format menu is, where to drag-and-drop field to.

No thinking, super-fast!


But in the new interface everything is JUMPING around: the panes suddenly collapse, they open in different areas, and each time any simple action that took milliseconds before, now makes me stop thinking about my analytical work, and makes me think "where did this pane go now, where should I click...." 

It is just PAINFUL.

And I am not talking about getting used to new pane locations. There are no fixed locations anymore.

The new interface BROKE our MUSCLE MEMORY and does not allow to do things WITHOUT thinking.

And I would expect from the UI specialists to know this stuff.

Too many clicks, too much time spent.


Turn off. Again.

Agreed! Even though I'm getting accustomed to the new interface, it still requires more mental work to accomplish the same tasks. MS seems determined to make it what they want versus what users wish to have.

Thank you (and everyone in the thread doing the same) for continuing to raise this. I've been quiet on this issue for a while only because I've been too busy to risk testing this again (as I lose significant time whenever I do so, though I might have to 'bite the bullet' again) but this aspect of the 'new' experience continues to be the most troublesome.
As I've said previously, ALL panes on the right-hand side of the UI should simply behave like the Filter pane. Or at the very least, give us the ability to choose that type of behaviour. Also, make the setup persistent across pages, so if the user has several panes open, and then chooses to collapse all but one, have it remain the exact same as they navigate from one page to the next. There's so much that the 'old' interface does right, and the new one does not.

As others have said, the process of giving feedback on this and monitoring the progress feels somewhat circular, but the main ask from many (including myself) has always been to simply give us the ability to choose between the current behaviour and the 'new' behaviour on a permanent basis.

This isn't a simple case of preference or relearning 'muscle memory', for those of us affected, this is a critical issue of efficiency that has the potential to negatively impact our workflows in a significant way going forward (and I'm already losing some time to even the default pane behaviour since PBI started wanting to change the view within the pane everytime I click on a different visual).

I agree! Please have a collapse button just like the Filter Pane. We need to collapse a pane and then easily activate it again in the same place. We don't like having to search over by the pane switcher to get it docked again. This is extra clicks and too cumbersome.

Which is exactly the same as current UI, so after 1 year of development we are circling back to the starting point 😂


What has "on-object" accompolished so far, other than editing chart titles? 


Can we now interact directly with chart elements, e.g. axis, grid, legend, plot area, data points? Or can we right-click to add a hyperlink to matrix header? Or right-click to "set as total" on a waterfall? 


If the answer is no, then well .. it is a complete waste of engineering resources

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