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Birdjo Member
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Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

I was looking for a solution to my previous topic "Power BI x Android TV Auto Refresh" when I realized that we don't have auto refresh data on PC browsers too. What I mean is that when I update the dataset by publishing the report again, the report which is opened in Chrome or Firefox stays the same. 


I have found a solution to this problem by adding extension to chrome which forces the page to reload at rates which I can define which Is very handy but that way I lose the full screen functionality. 

 

Probably the issue is that the site is not forcing restart when an update in the data occurs. 
It would be very nice if this happens soon.

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dkkip05 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

Hi, 

 

Have you tried adding ?chromeless=true to the end of your report's URL string? Should look like this:

 

YourReportURL?chromeless=true

 

Once you get it to display in chromeless mode you can put the browser in full-screen mode (Press F11 Key).

Birdjo Member
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

Yes, I know I can put the browser in full screen mode, but the issue is that I can't put the Power BI app in full screen mode. So everytime the page is refreshed Power BI full screen mode is turned off but the Chrome full screen remains. It's not that bad but we still don't get a nice clean report page and have some black bars with info at the top and the sides of the page. 

By the way I've spent my whole afternoon on checking if the Power BI website with my report or dashboard open on it is auto refreshing when a scheduled refresh occurs and the answer is NO. I have tried this on report, on dashboard with pinned live page and on dashboard with only one visual and nothing happend for several scheduled refreshes.

 

So if we want to display information which is being updated we have to force the browser to do it and lose the Power BI full screen mode. 

dkkip05 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

Adding ?chromeless=true to the end of your report or dashboard's URL will force the Power BI app to display in full screen mode.

 

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-service-dash-and-reports-fullscreen/

 

 

Birdjo Member
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

Oh, sorry! And thank you very much. That solved it. 

dkkip05 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

You're welcome! Glad that worked for you. 

Birdjo Member
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

What you gave me solves one part ot the problem.

 

Lets try to find a solution to the general problem:

Why is that my dashboard, reports and live pages don't get updated when a scheduled refresh occurs?

 

I had 2 screens with the dashboards open on two different browser waiting to see if there's going to be a change in the numbers after the scheduled refreshed but for about 4 refreshes nothing happened. 

 

dkkip05 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

I'm trying to accomplish a similar thing. I have several chromeboxes displaying dashboards on TV's throughout our building. I'm using the Super Auto Refresh extension to refresh the page every 5 minutes, but as far as I can tell the only way to get it to refresh properly is to use the "Refresh Dashboard Tiles" menu option or clicking through to the report. Refreshing the page alone does not seem to update the dashboard tiles.

 

After reading some articles it seems to me like Dashboards weren't really meant to be used for this type of "live" digital signage application. I believe that's why they allow developers to embed dashboards and tiles into applications. Problem is, I'm not a developer and this seems like an obvious use case for regular dashboards.

 

See more here: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-developer-overview-of-power-bi-rest-api/

vrocca Member
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

@Birdjo - were you able to find a solution or a good workaround? I'm running into the same issue...doesn't seem like showing the taskbar and page tab is ideal when trying to present your dashboard in your office...

Thanks,
Victor Rocca | www.victorrocca.com
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Birdjo Member
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Re: Auto Refresh Dashboards and Reports

Yes, we use chromeboxes and Rise App to display our PBI reports.

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