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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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Advocate I
Advocate I

My feedback and reason to disable it for now:

  1. The 'Add visual title' functionality that automatically pops up each time you select a visual is very annoying, also because it temporarily changes the height of the visual. The ability to add a title through the menu is sufficient and making it so prominent does not add value in my opinion.
  2. Issues with selecting visuals, which seems a bug.


Advocate III
Advocate III

When choosing the data to add to a visual, it would be nice if that in addition to being able to increase the width of the box that appears, I would be useful to be able to adjust the height of it when the "Arrange data for me" toogle is enabled. The box becomes very small compared to when it isn't enabled.

Advocate V
Advocate V

I'm glad to see the May 2024 update brought back the ability of remembering our Pane Manager selections.

Agreed. It seems that some of the other fixes make it generally usable. Unlike the prior months, I have deceived to keep the preview activated, for now.

Regular Visitor

Nearly there and I am generally liking it now. 


I don't know if it is related to On Object Intercation but the vertical psition seems to have increased by about 10??!!  (0 is actually ~ 10)


I used to put a 10 border around everything.  now that top border looks more like 20 when I type in 10 - can anyone explain what is going on?







New Member


where is the Analytics on-object interactives ? 




Advocate III
Advocate III

I am here once again to ask Microsoft officially. How can you justify investing so much money into On Object, when you have UX issues that have been requested by thousands of users and that have led to hundreds of forum posts and discussions and that continue to go completely ignored by Microsoft. 


Take this feature request as an example: A "Select All Results" option after typing something into the slicer search box. This is behavior, that Excel has had in it's column filter for a decade I believe. This cannot be expensive nor complicated. And yet, there isn't even a comment or official status upate on this feature on the Idea platform.


Or this one to expand/collapse Matrix columns, similar to what Excel offers. It has over 10,000 votes, going back to 2018.


Us developers, we are happy working with the UI of the current Power BI front end. We don't need On Object Interaction. At the same time, the report viewers, who are coming mostly from Excel and EXPECT equally intuitive behavior, complain to us on a daily basis why features like "select all" for slicer search results, are not possible. 


So please focus on improvements for report viewers, make that as intuitive as possible, improve the visuals, spend your thousands of hours of resources on those issues, instead of on things like on-object interaction that really nobody asked for and that appears to be consuming endless of your resources while ignoring feature wishes on your idea platform. 

Until I see multiple comments from people raving about how good this has become, I don't even waste my time looking at this. It is mind boggling that this feature has gotten so much investment from MS while being unversally panned. I can think of numerous things off the top of my head that PBI developers would prefer to see improvements on, yet there is continued effort put into something that virtually no one wants or likes
Cmon MS - you can do better.

Sadly, MSFT have clearly decided to abandon the community on this topic. No one from MSFT attempts even the most superficial engagement with the feedback. One day we may find out what was behind this.... maybe.  For now only tumbleweeds blow through this back-alley of the forum. 😒

Kudo Collector
Kudo Collector

Another month. Another buggy release. Another complaint that goes unanswered. The new Power BI.

Kudo Commander
Kudo Commander

More wasted development resources.

yes, yes, a thousand times YES!

I agree

Kudo Kingpin
Kudo Kingpin

I just download the latest PBI version, within 10m of use, I already found a bug. Previous releases were also bug-ridden, for example, right-click copy data from table didn't work in March release, etc. 


It seems to me MS is devoting more and more development to "fancy" stuff like Co-pilot, OOI, most of which are cosmetic (so far), but spent little time on improving core / fundermental functions and utility of PBI, or really listen to the community requests. This is the opposite direction I think the product should go.


Advocate III
Advocate III

this is a trend we see in our own company's software development teams too. It kind of is human nature. It is a lot more fun and exiting to work on innovative, flashy new technology and put that on your resume  than to fix a whole list of small usability issues that wont WOW anybody and bring PowerBI to the same standards as Excel 2013. So the software development teams, their managers and leaders, etc. all focus on the flashy new stuff that also brings them internal recognition  and twist themselves into pretzels to come up with justifications that this is what customers REALLY need and want.

Kudo Commander
Kudo Commander


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!

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