Reports in Power BI
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A Power BI report is a multi-perspective view into a dataset, with visuals that represent findings and insights from that dataset. A report can have a single visual or many pages full of visuals. Depending on your job role, you might be someone who designs reports, or you might be a business user who consumes reports. This article is for business users.
The parts of a report
A. This report has four pages (or tabs). The example shows the Sentiment page.
B. This page has five visuals and a page title.
C. The Filters pane shows any applied filters. To collapse the Filters pane, select the arrow (>).
D. The Power BI banner shows the name of the report and the last updated date. Select the arrow to open a menu that shows the name of the report owner.
E. The action bar contains actions to take on this report. For example, you can add a comment, view a bookmark, or export data from the report. Select More options (...) to see a list of report functions.
If you're new to Power BI, read Basic concepts for the Power BI service business users to get a good foundation. You can view, share, and annotate reports on mobile devices. For more information, see Explore reports in the Power BI mobile apps.
Advantages of reports
Power BI bases a report on a single dataset. Report designers create the visuals in a report to represent pieces of information. The visuals aren't static. They update as the underlying data changes. You interact with the visuals and filters as you dig into the data to discover insights and find answers. Like a dashboard, a report is interactive and customizable. The extent of what you can do with a report depends on your role and the permissions the report designer assigns to you.
Safely interact with content
As you explore and interact with your content by filtering, slicing, subscribing, and exporting, you can't corrupt the reports. Your work doesn't affect the underlying dataset or the original shared dashboards, reports, and apps.
You can't damage your data. The Power BI service is a great place for you to explore and experiment without worrying about breaking something.
Save your changes or revert to the default settings
Your changes won't affect underlying data, but that doesn't mean you can't save your changes. You can, but those changes only affect your view of the content. To revert to the default view of the report, select the Reset icon.
Dashboards versus reports
Dashboards can be confused with reports because they're both canvases filled with visualizations, but there are major differences. The following table shows an overview of the different capabilities of dashboards and reports:
|Pages||One page||One or more pages|
|Data sources||One or more report or dataset per dashboard||A single dataset per report|
|Filtering||No, you can't filter or slice||Yes, there are many ways to filter, highlight, and slice|
|Set alerts||Yes, you can create email alerts when certain conditions are met||No, you can't set alerts|
|Can see underlying dataset tables and fields||No. Can export data but can't see the dataset tables and fields in the dashboard itself||Yes. Can see dataset tables and fields and values that you have permissions to see|
|Customization||No||Yes, you can filter, export, view related content, add bookmarks, generate QR codes, and analyze in Excel|
Depending on your role, you may be a designer, someone who creates reports for your own use or to share with colleagues. You'll want to learn how to create and share reports.
Or you may be a business user, someone who receives reports from others. You'll want to learn how to understand and interact with the reports. If you're a report business user, these links are for you:
- Start with a tour of the Power BI service, so you know where to find reports and report tools.
- Learn how to open a report and all the interactions available to business users.
- Get comfortable with reports by taking a tour of a sample.
- Explore Dashboards in the Power BI service.
- To see which dataset the report is using and which dashboards are showing visuals from the report, see View related content in the Power BI service.
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