Not sure if this is possible, but is there a way to switch a PowerBI desktop report to 'User view' (web version of report), without actually publishing the report?
Basically, I want to be able to showcase a big report that I have made to our management team, without publishing it.
Once they have agreed, I can publish it.
Unfortunately, the Desktop version of reports means that I have to click CTRL+Click to follow links etc. and visuals have the 'box' around them when clicked on.
There is no way to do this in desktop, the closest you can get is publishing it to your own workspace and use that for testing that everything works as expected in the service. This means only you can access it unless you share it with someone directly.
What is the reason you cannot publish it till management approves it? Are you not able to publish it without approval or are you just not able to share it?
Actually, I haven't found any obviously difference between report of view web version and desktop version. If you mean dashboard, current it can only be designed on power bi service side.