Display content in more detail: focus mode and full screen mode

APPLIES TO: Applies to.Power BI service for business users Applies to.Power BI service for designers & developers Does not apply to.Power BI Desktop Does not apply to.Requires Pro or Premium license


This video might use earlier versions of Power BI Desktop or the Power BI service.

Focus mode and full screen mode are two different ways to see more detail in your visuals, reports, and dashboards. The main difference between the two is that full screen removes all the panes surrounding your content while focus mode allows you to still interact with your visuals. Let's take a closer look at the similarities and differences.

Content Focus mode Full screen mode
Dashboard Not possible yes
Report page Not possible yes
Report visual yes yes
Dashboard tile yes Not possible
Windows 10 mobile Not possible Yes

In this example below, we started with a report (1), opened one of the visuals in focus mode (2) and then opened that same visual in full screen mode (3).

Screenshot made up of three report views

When to use full screen mode

Screenshot of a dashboard in full screen mode and default mode.

Display your Power BI service content (dashboards, report pages, and visuals) without the distraction of menus and nav panes. You get an unadulterated, full view of your content at a glance, all the time. This is sometimes referred to as TV mode.

If you're using Power BI mobile, full screen is available for Windows 10 mobile apps.

Some uses for full screen mode are:

  • presenting your dashboard, visual, or report at a meeting or conference
  • displaying in an office on a dedicated large screen or projector
  • viewing on a small screen
  • reviewing in locked mode -- you can touch the screen or mouse over tiles without opening the underlying report or dashboard

When to use focus mode?

Focus mode lets you expand (pop out) a visual or tile to see more detail. Maybe you have a dashboard or report that is a little crowded and you want to zoom in on only one visual. This is a perfect use of focus mode.

Screenshot of a dashboard tile in default mode and then focus mode.

While in focus mode, a Power BI business user can interact with any filters that were applied when this visual was created. In the Power BI service, you can use focus mode on a dashboard tile or report visual.

Working in full screen mode

Full screen mode is available for dashboards, report pages, and report visuals.

  • To open a dashboard in full screen mode, select the full screen icon Small image of the full screen icon. from the top menu bar.

  • To open a report page in full screen mode, select View > Full screen.

    Screenshot showing the selection of Full screen from the View menu.

  • To see a visual in full screen mode, first open it in focus mode and then select View > Full screen.

Your selected content fills the entire screen. Once you're in full screen mode, navigate using either the menu bars at the top and bottom (reports) or the menu that appears when you move your cursor (dashboards and visuals). Because full screen is available for such a wide variety of content, the navigation options vary.

  • Select the Back, Go back, or Back to report button to navigate to the previous page in your browser. If the previous page was a Power BI page, it too will display in full screen mode. Full screen mode will persist until you exit out.

  • Fit to screen icon.
    Use the Fit to page button to display your dashboard at the largest size possible without resorting to scrollbars.

    Screenshot showing hos fit to screen appears.

  • Fit to width icon.
    Sometimes you don't care about scrollbars, but want the dashboard to fill the entire width of the available space. Select the Fit to width button.

    Screenshot showing how Fit to width changes the appearance of the canvas.

  • Report navigation icon.
    In full screen reports, use these arrows to move between the pages in the report.

  • Exit full screen icon.
    To exit full screen mode, select the Exit full screen icon.

Working in focus mode

Focus mode is available for dashboards tiles and report visuals.

  • To open a dashboard tile in focus mode, hover over a dashboard tile or report visual, select More options (...) and choose Open in focus mode.

    Ellipsis menu for a tile.

  • To open a report visual in focus mode, hover over the visual and select the focus mode icon focus mode icon.

    Screenshot showing the Focus mode icon for a tile.

The visual opens and fills the entire canvas. Notice that you still have a Filters pane that you can use to interact with the visual. The Filters pane can be collapsed.

Screenshot showing that the tile fills report canvas.

Screenshot showing that the tile fills report canvas and both menus collapse.

Explore further by modifying the filters and looking for interesting discoveries in your data. As a business user, you can't add new filters, change the fields being used in the visuals, or create new visuals. However, you can interact with the existing filters.

For a dashboard tile, your changes can't be saved. For a report visual, any modifications you make to the existing filters are saved when you exit Power BI. If you don't want Power BI to remember your modifications, select the Reset to default button. reset to default button

Leave focus mode and return to the dashboard or report by selecting either Exit focus mode, or Back to report (in the upper left corner of the visual).

Exit focus mode button.

Back to report icon.

Considerations and troubleshooting

  • When using focus mode with a visual in a report, you'll be able to view and interact with all filters: Visual level, Page level, Drillthrough, and Report level.
  • When using focus mode with a visual on a dashboard, you'll be able to view and interact with only the Visual level filter.

Next steps

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