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Cannot change the data label number formatting in Power BI charts...

I can't seem to find out how to change the number formatting for data labels in Power BI charts. It seems to only have the format of "#.##k" (e.g. 100,000 is displayed as 100k). 


I have to be overlooking something; this can't be the only data label number format...


Thanks for your help!

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@Anonymous there are to ways to format.  One is at the data level, another one is at the chart level.  Data level formatting is available in Excel and Power BI Desktop.. in the Desktop, you need to click on a field you are trying to format, and then go to Modeling tab on the Ribbon and pick the Data type and a format (see the pic below)




For chart level formatting you need to click on a chart and then click on a Paint brush icon on the Visualizations pane and then click on Data Labels.  Now you can pick Display Units and precision... The formatting is not very robust yet but it is much better than before.



I've got a similar problem, all I want to do is to format chart label but without creating a measure. The reason behind this is, when you crete even a simple measure you loose ability to 'see records' (drill down to see line data). I just want to drag e.g. Invoice Total field, select SUM and format is as $127,000 not 127000 WITHOUT creating a measure and selecting format, any ideas? Thanks, Dan

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What format are you looking for? If you are using a back-end data model with Power BI Desktop or Excel, you can change the column type to "Text" or create a new column based on the value from the other column and have it be Text. Or, you should be able to parse it up and change it to your needs in a new column and then use that column instead. Not sure what you are going for.


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