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raynok Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

So far so good, thank you. Would like the ability to have a dock/undock feature for the "Filter/visualization/Fields" panel so that it can be moved to another screen if ever desired. 


Tara_ Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

Enjoying the new ribbon, though I have one small issue so far. I noticed the new ribbon has removed some currencies in the Measure Tools' currency list, so far I've found out that Jordan (English) JOD currency has been removed, I tried the old ribbon but that list has also been updated and so I have no way to add it anymore. Would appreciate if all currencies can be in the list as previously.


Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

In the "Recent sources" menu, only a few connector icons appear. Is this a bug or by design for the preview? 

I'm not seeing a connector icon for something like a json that I recently connected to or any of my Custom Connectors

Abraxus Regular Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)


First of all, thanks for all the work put into this.


First impressions 

The new 'simplified' ribbon seems clunky versus the old one (where the buttons remained the same, but were only visible/accessible after clicking on a ribbon tab title). Ironically, the 'old' behaviour is actually more in line with Microsoft apps such as PowerPoint etc. anyway, so it would be preferable to match/retain that behaviour if we're going that route design wise (also, more selfishly I guess, many colleagues in my organisation often have to use smaller screens, so screen real estate is very precious).


Dark theme (again, I know!)

Speaking of design, I actually think the 'original' Power BI interface (i.e. the one that was in place before the introduction of the 'new', lighter theme, which itself will be deprecated in 2020 for the new ribbon being discussed) is still among the best interfaces I've seen Microsoft create, and I still prefer that look for Power BI, but at the very least, in terms of 'dark themes' going forward (and apologies if this is more of a general interface comment rather than being specific to the ribbon though related), can we please stick to the original Power BI colours, versus the standard Office dark theme? (There is a very good reason people still refer to/request it so much, you guys really nailed it design wise.)
I understand the need/desire for consistency across Microsoft products, but I also think there's a case for Power BI having some unique qualities to it's interface, as not everything has to (or should) look exactly the same.

Unnecessary ribbon tabs?

I'm not sure why the 'Insert' tab has been added? There was (and still is) ample space for all of the relevant items in the Home menu, and you can't really get very far in terms of creating a usable Power BI report etc. without some physical page content? It just seems a bit superfluous interface wise to shift some of those items into their own tab, where they all functioned perfectly well as part of the Home tab (and again, I don't think consistency with other Microsoft products justifies this change if that was the methodology).

The new file menu...

Is excellent, for the most part, though some of the omissions/changes seem strange, in particular:


No Exit button? But Sign out remains? I half expected Sign out to also close the window/file in question (hence why Exit was removed), but no? So in the new interface, I can only close the file using the top right-hand cross button? Not a deal breaker of course, though a better change would be to keep the Exit button in place, but change the name to Close instead (and again ironically, this would match standard Office apps)?

It would also be nice to have recent items appear even without hovering over the 'Open' tab on the left rail, mimicking how it works with the old/current ribbon interface, though this is a minor detail.


Other than that, the typeface changes, colours, layout and other changes (both aesthetic and functional) are very well implemented. It would have been nice to throw in some yellow accents to the design of this area, but again, works really well as is.


Going forward/requests

Others have alluded to this, but specifically in terms of fonts, it would be nice to have the same kinds of controls as per regular Office apps, and more importantly, to make them consistent within Power BI itself (and make these controllable in the JSON theme file/code). At the moment, there's a lot of necessary options for text in regular text boxes that don't apply to visualizations, for example. In particular, even something simple like Arial Bold (i.e. regular Arial with bold applied) is not possible in, say, a visualization title. Instead, the only [current] options are: Arial, Arial Black, and Arial Unicode MS. Alternatively (i.e. outside of the ribbon), just having the option to apply a Bold to fonts in the Visualization formatting pane would go a long way to fixing this.


Regarding the themes menu, would it be possible to have a currently applied custom theme's name appear as rollover text once that theme is implemented and/or explicitly state it in the menu, like so (in this rough example the theme is called 'Customized theme 1'):

Also in relation to the themes menu, is there some way for Power BI's default theme icon/name to be dynamic, so as to respect/represent an already applied custom theme (within the themes menu) upon reopening an existing file? Currently all reference to any applied custom themes (and even any chosen from the default set of alternatives) disappear from the themes menu once the file has been saved, closed, then opened again, implying that a different [default] theme is currently applied.

Just to buttress everyone's comments that this is/was a very useful item to have, and if anything could have been further leveraged/customizable for those using smaller screens, versus removing it completely.

Welp, I figure this post is long enough already, thanks for your consideration.

emarshall Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

The new ribbon looks good so far.


Could we please have the ability to customise the ribbon (similar to the big list we have available in Excel under File/Options)?


If we could customise the data source icons that currently appear under Home/Data to quickly jump to data sources we frequently use that would be very helpful.

sunnysideup Frequent Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon

Agree with everything you said. Great step forward/

My feedback: 

-Bring back Quick Access Toolbar e.g. Save / Undo / Redo buttons?

- I'm really missing the "Edit Queries" button, have to do too many clicks to get to my queries now.

saraMissBI Regular Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

Hello @tessahurr ,


Thank you for creating the new ribbon in Power BI. I turned it on, and I can see how much it will make working on my Power BI Desktop fun! One thing I like most in this new ribbon is having the "Recent Sources" available....with the old ribbon, I had to click "Get Data" and go through all the steps required to connect to a dataset/database that I have already connected to now I will just click on "Recent Sources", and connect to the dataset I need in just one click. Thank you!!!

ferdsjoseph Member

Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

Quick access toolbar disappeared after turning on new ribbon preview.

ferdsjoseph Member

Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon (Preview feature)

I love that I'm now able to pin more than 9 items in the OPEN dialog box.

odeddror Regular Visitor
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Re: Share your thoughts on the new ribbon

Hi there,


So we can't use it with the new design? (Power Query Editor)



Oded Dror


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