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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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Advocate IV
Advocate IV

@RosieL: 2.128.1177.0 - this release dropped on 4/24/2024. After ALL OF THE COMPLAINTS and TICKETS OPENED and PROMISES MADE on behalf of Microsoft, the pane selections are STILL NOT PERSISTENT. IT HAS BEEN MONTHS NOW, and you still don't have your act together. So, here I go to revert back to the January release. AGAIN. What a joke.

Regular Visitor

I would really like my choises in 'customize pane switcher' to be persistent. Now I have to costomize them every time I open PBI desktop. Moreover: they are small icons, so why not always show them all? 

Regular Visitor


I'm liking the experience overall except for the right-side panes sometimes being deselected. For example, I always want to use this combination:


However, if I eventually select the performance analyzer icon, for example, it'll deselect these three panes and I'll need to CTRL + click on them again, which becomes pretty annoying.


It would be great to have a toggle button to choose whether I want that field always pinned since the start of the program. It could easily be implemented here next to the toggle button for showing the pane, like choose either to show pane or show and pin pane:



Thanks for hearing us out!

100% agree with this, says exactly what I was going to comment but in a much clearer way than I could have!

New Member


I enjoy the On-object interaction, but do not like the Build Pane. How do yuou stop it from been activated when you open the Power BI Desktop. At the moment i always have to close it and then the the On-Object Intereaction returns to the Visual

Regular Visitor

makes the screen too busy and too much jumping around.  the eye can't stay focused.  drives you crazy

Kudo Collector
Kudo Collector

Two bits of feedback from me. The whole red areas below should be clickable to close the panes.



The icons below should support mouse hover to allow the use the hover over the icon, open the pane, select what they need and then close again on mouse out.




Advocate IV
Advocate IV

I feel your pain brother! Esepcially with #1.... OMG, every trivial Windows app for the past 3 decades can remember the state of the UI. It's especially relevant nowadays with so many moitor resolutions. Everyone who uses PBI desktop in any serious manner will have a preferred desktop/screen config. It's not rocket science to remember pane sizes!

Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

I just tested March release, there are some welcome changes, but 2 fundermental issues remain. I attach screenshots below:


1) PBI still doesn't remember user choice of pane selection: from screenshot, you can see comparison before & after. User is forced to repeat the same selection EVERY TIME a pbix file is opened, which is absurd. Why this issue reported by many wasn't fixed? Why don't we simply have all the icons selected by default? It's much easier to click an icon to open/close a pane than clicking "+" to select it again, it doesn't save any screen space anyway. 


2) The "suggest a visual" icons appear on visuals even though user specifically unchecked the option. This is disrespect of user choice. User shouldn't be forced to use OOI, it should be an option to be turned on/off depending on level of comfort/expertise of indivisual user


3) Less critical, but why can't the "Filter" icon be moved to the same selection pane? Currently user can only show/hide filter pane from a very specific place on top menu, not convenient. It'd be much easier to put it on the selection pane. It is also completely missing from PBI online - there is no way to turn it on/off online.


I hope MS team could make more improvements soon.






Regular Visitor

Thank-you. Came here to post just this.  Especially 2. The constant 'suggest a visual' popping up is driving me nuts.  Loving all the work going into this but it would be good if some these things could be turned off if not needed.

Kudo Commander
Kudo Commander

MS had indicated in a previous response to this issue that they had already locked in the March update before they were notified that the pane status retention had been broken. They promise that the fix will be included in the April update.


I'm glad I didn't bet on that. I just installed the latest release, and there's some fancy stuff going on with the pane manager thingy, but the MAIN issue, the ONE issue they should have corrected has not been corrected: your selections are still not permanent. I'm off to raise hell now, because it was ridiculous before, now I'm seriously LIVID.

They didn't correct it. The button continues to appear, even with the option unchecked in Settings. And the "Build" panel is always open every time you open a file.

Got it, thanks, hopefully they fix them in April. I got to say March release is terrible, I used for 1 day, already found 2 serious bugs, I reported it in links below. It feels a "rushed" release, I'd rather they don't release it at all, but oh well ...


I just opened a formal ticket about this. This is BEYOND RIDICULOUS. For the last 3 months now I've had to revert back to the January release just so I could work without interruption.


I agree with all three of your suggestions. There was a comment on here that they are working on remembering your Pane Manager selections and it would be great if they also integrated your suggestions of giving us the option to remove the on-object icon from a visual all together and to put the 'Filter' in the Pane Manager as well.

Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

Hi Rosie, could we have an option to set column width numerically on both Table and Matrix visuals, perferably multiple columns at once?

They are the most common visuals for business use, currently user has to manually drag each column, it is both tedious and inaccurate, image a report with 10 table visuals each with 12 columns .. any improvement would be appreciated, thanks

Advocate IV
Advocate IV

BE AWARE that the issue w/ the pane switcher not being persistent has NOT been fixed in the March 2024 release. 


@RosieL I don't know who needs to hear this, but this is ridiculous. It was fixed before the February release, people have complained about it having become a problem again, and then the March release comes out and it is STILL an issue. I should not have to uninstall and revert to the January release every month because the development team doesn't have their act together.

Or the April release!

@SDittmannFleet I appologize for the inconvenience. This bug was reported to us after the March release had already been completed. It is fixed in the April release.

No it isn't!

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