Analytics pane in Power BI service

With the Analytics pane in Power BI service, you can add dynamic reference lines to visualizations, and provide focus for important trends or insights.


The Analytics pane only appears when you select a visual on the report canvas.

Using the Analytics pane

With the Analytics pane, you can create the following types of dynamic reference lines (not all lines are available for all visual types):

  • X-Axis constant line
  • Y-Axis constant line
  • Min line
  • Max line
  • Average line
  • Median line
  • Percentile line

To view the available dynamic reference lines for a visual, follow these steps:

  1. Select or create a visual, then select the Analytics icon from the Visualizations pane.

  2. Select the down arrow for the type of line you want to create to expand its options. In this case, we'll select Average Line.

    add average line

  3. To create a new line, select + Add and decide the measure that will be used to create the line. The Measure dropdown is automatically populated with available data from the selected visualization. Let's use Open store count.

  4. You have all sorts of options for your line, such as color, transparecy, style, and position (relative to the visual's data elements). If you want to label the line, give it a title and then move the Data label slider to On. In this case, we'll title the line Avg # Open Stores, and customize a few of the other options as shown below.

    customize Average line analytics

  5. Notice the number that appears next to the Average line item in the Analytics pane. That tells you how many dyanmic lines you currently have on your visual, and of which type. If we add a Constant line as a store count goal of 9, you can see that the Analytics pane shows that we now also have a Constant line reference line applied to this visual.

There are all sorts of interesting insights you can highlight by creating dynamic reference lines with the Analytics pane.

Considerations and troubleshooting

If the visual you've selected can't have dynamic reference lines applied to it (in this case, a Map visual), you'll see the following when you select the Analytics pane.

analytics not available

The ability to use dynamic reference lines is based on the type of visual being used. The following list shows which dynamic lines are currently available for which visuals:

Full use of dynamic lines are available on the following visuals:

  • Area chart
  • Line chart
  • Scatter chart
  • Clustered Column chart
  • Clustered Bar chart

The following visuals can use only a constant line from the Analytics pane:

  • Stacked Area
  • Stacked Bar
  • Stacked Column
  • 100% Stacked Bar
  • 100% Stacked Column

For the following visuals, a trend line is currently the only option:

  • Non-stacked Line
  • Clustered Column chart

Lastly, non-Cartesian visuals cannot currently apply dynamic lines from the Analytics pane, such as:

  • Matrix
  • Pie chart
  • Donut
  • Table

Next steps

Analytics pane in Power BI Desktop

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