The Analytics pane in Power BI visuals

The Analytics pane was introduced for native visuals in November 2018. This article discusses how Power BI visuals with API v2.5.0 can present and manage their properties in the Analytics pane.

The Analytics pane

Manage the Analytics pane

Just as you'd manage properties in the Format pane, you manage the Analytics pane by defining an object in the visual's capabilities.json file.

For the Analytics pane, the differences are as follows:

  • Under the object's definition, you add an objectCategory field with a value of 2.


    The optional objectCategory field was introduced in API 2.5.0. It defines the aspect of the visual that the object controls (1 = Formatting, 2 = Analytics). Formatting is used for such elements as look and feel, colors, axes, and labels. Analytics is used for such elements as forecasts, trendlines, reference lines, and shapes.

    If the value isn't specified, objectCategory defaults to "Formatting."

  • The object must have the following two properties:

    • show of type bool, with a default value of false.
    • displayName of type text. The default value that you choose becomes the instance's initial display name.
  "objects": {
    "YourAnalyticsPropertiesCard": {
      "displayName": "Your analytics properties card's name",
      "objectCategory": 2,
      "properties": {
        "show": {
          "type": {
            "bool": true
        "displayName": {
          "type": {
            "text": true
      ... //any other properties for your Analytics card

You can define other properties in the same way that you do for Format objects. And you can enumerate objects just as you do in the Format pane.

Known limitations and issues of the Analytics pane

  • The Analytics pane has no multi-instance support yet. Objects can't have a selector other than static (that is, "selector": null), and Power BI visuals can't have user-defined multiple instances of a card.
  • Properties of type integer aren't displayed correctly. As a workaround, use type numeric instead.


  • Use the Analytics pane only for objects that add new information or shed new light on the presented information (for example, dynamic reference lines that illustrate important trends).
  • Any options that control the look and feel of the visual (that is, formatting) should be limited to the Formatting pane.