Generate data insights on your dataset automatically with Power BI

APPLIES TO: ❌ Power BI Desktop ✔️ Power BI service

Do you have a new dataset and aren't sure where to start? Need to build a dashboard quickly? Want to look for insights you may have missed?

Run quick insights to generate interesting visualizations based on your data. This article explains how to run quick insights on an entire dataset (quick insights). You can also run quick insights on a specific dashboard tile (scoped insights). You can even run insights on an insight!


Insights doesn't work with DirectQuery, streaming, and PUSH datasets; it only works with data uploaded to Power BI.

Row-level security (RLS) isn't supported by quick insights, even in import mode.

We built the insights feature on a growing set of advanced analytical algorithms that we developed with Microsoft Research. We continue to use these algorithms to help more people to find insights in their data in new and intuitive ways. You might also be interested in learning how to optimize your data for quick insights.

Run quick insights on a dataset

Watch Amanda run quick insights on a dataset and open an insight in Focus mode. Amanda pins an insight as a tile on the dashboard, then gets insights for a dashboard tile.


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

Now it's your turn. Explore insights by using the Supplier Quality Analysis sample.

  1. Choose the workspace where the dataset is located. From the Datasets + dataflows tab, select More options (...) next to the dataset, and then choose Get quick insights.

    Screenshot that shows selecting Get quick insights from the More options menu.

  2. Power BI uses various algorithms to search for trends in your dataset.

    Searching for insights dialog

  3. Within seconds, your insights are ready. Select View insights to display visualizations.

    Success message


    Some datasets can't generate insights because the data isn't statistically significant. To learn more, see Optimize your data for insights.

  4. The visualizations display in a special Quick Insights canvas with up to 32 separate insight cards. Each card has a chart or graph plus a short description.

    Quick Insights canvas

Interact with the insight cards

  1. Hover over a card and select the pin icon to add the visualization to a dashboard.

  2. Hover over a card, select More options (...), and then choose View insights.

    The insight screen opens in Focus mode.

    Insight Focus mode

  3. In Focus mode you can:

    • Filter the visualizations. If the Filters pane isn't already open, expand it by selecting the arrow on the right side of the window.

      Insight Filters menu expanded

    • Pin the insight card to a dashboard by selecting the pin icon or Pin visual.

    • Run insights on the card itself, which is often referred to as scoped insights. In the top-right corner, select the lightbulb icon Get insights icon or Get Insights.

      Get Insights icon

      The insight displays on the left. New cards, based solely on the data in that single insight, display along the right.

      Insights on insights

  4. To return to the original insights canvas, in the top-left corner, select Exit Focus mode.

Next steps

More questions? Try the Power BI Community.