Interact with visuals in reports, dashboards, and apps
At its most basic, a visualization (or visual), is a type of chart built by Power BI designers using the data in reports and datasets.
Visuals are found on dashboards, in reports, and can be created on-the-fly using Power BI Q&A. When a designer creates a visual in a report, they can pin that visual to a dashboard. A visual on a dashboard is called a tile. This dashboard has eight tiles.
We recommend first reading the overview topic Power BI basic concepts for business users before reading this more-detailed content.
What can I do with visuals?
Visuals are created by report and dashboard designers and shared with colleagues. The designer assigns different permissions to their colleagues, depending on how the colleague is going to use the report or dashboard. For example, a developer may be assigned different permissions than a business user.
The most common tasks for a business user are listed in the table below, with links to step-by-step instructions. Business users have many options for interacting with visuals to uncover insights and make data-driven business decisions.
For many of these options, your administrator or the designer can disable your ability to see or use these features. And some of these features only work on specific visual types. If you have any questions, contact your administrator or the owner of the report or dashboard. To find the owner, select the dashboard or report dropdown.
But first, a word about Q&A. Q&A is Power BI's natural language search tool. You type a question using natural language and Q&A answers the question in the form of a visual. Q&A is a way business users can create their own visuals on the fly. However, the visuals you create with Q&A cannot be saved. But, if there's something specific you want to learn from the data, and the designer didn't include it in a report or on a dashboard, Q&A is a great option. To learn more about Q&A, see Q&A for business users.