Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Frequent Visitor

Forecast Functionality in PowerBI

Hi All,


Could you help me to understand the forecasting model used in PowerBI's desktop (under Analytics Tab).Forecast Option in PBI DesktopForecast Option in PBI Desktop


Hi @lal_prasad,


The forecasting feature utilizes built-in predictive forecasting models to automatically detect the step (monthly/weekly/annually) and seasonality in your data to provide forecasting results.


When you add a forecast line, you will have two sets of options available to configure. You can control the styling of the forecasting, similar to the controls you have for trend lines. You can also control settings specific to forecasting.


For more details, please refer to:
Predict your milestones with forecasting in Power BI Desktop
Analytics pane in Power BI Desktop



Yuliana Gu

Community Support Team _ Yuliana Gu
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

Hi Yuliana,

I still could not have forecast function enabled even though my x-axis is date data type and it is a line chart. The x-axis is also continuous rather than categorial.


Frequent Visitor

Hi Xiao, 


Have you made sure there is no field in Legend? I've found if you put something in legend it doesn't enable forecasting. 


Good luck, 



Helpful resources

PBI_User Group Leader_768x460.jpg

Manage your user group events

Check out the News & Announcements to learn more.

MBAS on Demand

2021 Release Wave 2 Plan

Power Platform release plan for the 2021 release wave 2 describes all new features releasing from October 2021 through March 2022.

Get Ready for Power BI Dev Camp

Microsoft named a Leader in The Forrester Wave

Microsoft received the highest score of any vendor in both the strategy and current offering categories.

R2 (Green) 768 x 460px.png

Microsoft Dynamics 365 & Power Platform User Professionals

DynamicsCon is a FREE, 4 half-day virtual learning experience for 11,000+ Microsoft Business Application users and professionals.

Top Solution Authors