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Indicate Current Bookmark

  • 1.  Indicate Current Bookmark

    Bronze Contributor
    Posted Oct 11, 2018 10:06 AM
    I've noticed something that is a bit of a pain point when working with bookmarks. When i have a few of them due to switching different visuals on or off based on the user preference, it can become a bit of a challenge sometimes to manage them. I have noticed that often times, under the bookmarks pane it does not indicate which bookmark you are currently viewing. I am thinking that might be very handy when working with many bookmarks and trying to select the visuals that will be displayed for them.

    Ricky Brown
    Data Analytics & Dash Boarding Specialist
    Livonia MI

  • 2.  RE: Indicate Current Bookmark

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Oct 11, 2018 12:18 PM
    Hi Ricky ,

    This is serious when we are using same set of visuals for different bookmarks.

    Sometimes it leads to confusion with selection of bookmark and visuals using Bookmark / Selection pane.

    Do we have any discussion on this in power bi community !

    Venkateswara Reddy Marella
    Senior Systems engineer
    Infosys HQ

  • 3.  RE: Indicate Current Bookmark

    Silver Contributor
    Posted Oct 12, 2018 07:45 AM
    Hi Ricky,

    I do not disagree that some sort of visual indication as to which bookmark you are on would be nice, however, I understand why that is a challenge.  This is common in other areas of technology where a single saved state is on direction only.  Take automation for lighting controls for example.  A "lighting" scene is just a macro with a saved state of a bunch lights (on, off, or a dim level 1-99).  When you press a scene controller it only knows the last scene you selected (essential what Microsoft could do with bookmarks), but the second you change anything (a light, something on the page) you are technically no longer in that scene.  On the reverse, should you just happen to toggle the magic number of switches to match a scene, it would have no easy way of knowing without doing a logic check on every change.  Since bookmarks in Power BI may or may not include visuals, may or may not include data, and may or may not include the page reference, it makes it really challenging for Power BI to know exactly when to toggle a bookmark visually.

    The way that I have found success, specifically when bookmarks include visuals, is to use images that toggle on and off depending on the bookmark.  Patrick covers this in a video here.

    Expending on this method I have made reports with navigation menus, slide in and out slicer panes, and visual toggle states on the page to create a completely dynamic experience.  This can become overwhelming to manage with several bookmarks, but thanks to the new bookmarks folders feature, it is a bit easier.

    Daniel Davis
    BI Developer
    TPX Communications
    Portland, ME

  • 4.  RE: Indicate Current Bookmark

    Top Contributor
    Posted Oct 12, 2018 08:31 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Just to add to all the previous comments, yes a bookmark is just a saved state of the report.

    However, if you add buttons and configure them right, then it can be indicated which bookmark is being viewed.

    Here is a video that shows how can we create a navigation panel for the bookmarks. It is a bit tedious, but it should help whosoever is consuming the report.

    Design a Navigation Panel - Power BI Desktop
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    Design a Navigation Panel - Power BI Desktop
    Download icons of tutorial: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A6VuCOeyuFN1xF2cD-AZNRNNTD5UbSvF/view
    View this on YouTube >

    Hope this helps.

    Thank you,

    Vishesh Jain
    VR Construction

  • 5.  RE: Indicate Current Bookmark

    Posted Oct 15, 2018 03:08 AM
    Hi, While it is really a pain to manage bookmarks and visuals, specially when you have too many, you can still manage them well with proper naming, and better usage of shapes etc. For example, in my project, I am using lot many bookmarks, measure filters etc, with the same type of visuals. I would insert an indicator shape along with the bookmark buttons, and set their hide/show property as per the bookmark view. Below is the example. As you would notice, when I select a bookmark, there is a black triangle showing the active bookmark.

    Let me know if it helps, or the context was different.

    Anish Kumar
    Principal Business Analyst
    Excel (VBA), PowerBI, DAX Expert