Intro to dashboard tiles for Power BI designers

A tile is a snapshot of your data, pinned to the dashboard. A tile can be created from a report, dataset, dashboard, the Q&A box, Excel, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports, and more. This screenshot shows many different tiles pinned to a dashboard.

Power BI dashboard

Dashboards and dashboard tiles are a feature of Power BI service, not Power BI Desktop. You can't create dashboards on mobile devices but you can view and share them there.

Besides pinning tiles, you can create standalone tiles directly on the dashboard by using the Add tile control. Standalone tiles include: text boxes, images, videos, streaming data, and web content.

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Note

If the original visualization used to create the tile changes, the tile doesn't change. For example, if you pinned a line chart from a report and then you changed the line chart to a bar chart, the dashboard tile continues to show a line chart. The data refreshes, but the visualization type does not.

Pin a tile

There are many different ways to add (pin) a tile to a dashboard. You can pin tiles from:

You create standalone tiles for images, text boxes, videos, streaming data, and web content directly on the dashboard by using the Add tile control.

Add tile icon

Interact with tiles on a dashboard

After you've added a tile to a dashboard, you can move and resize it, or change its appearance and behavior.

Move and resize a tile

Grab a tile and move it around on the dashboard. Hover and select the handle Tile handle to resize the tile.

Hover over a tile to change the appearance and behavior

  1. Hover over the tile to display the ellipsis.

    Tile ellipsis

  2. Select the ellipsis to open the tile action menu.

    Ellipsis icon

    From here you can:

  3. To close the action menu, select a blank area in the dashboard.

Select a tile

When you select a tile, what happens next depends on how you created the tile. Otherwise, selecting the tile takes you to the report, Excel Online workbook, on-premises Reporting Services report, or Q&A question that was used to create the tile. Or, if it has a custom link, selecting the tile takes you to that link.

Note

An exception is video tiles created directly on the dashboard by using Add tile. Selecting a video tile (that was created this way) causes the video to play directly on the dashboard.

Considerations and troubleshooting

  • If the report that was used to create the visualization wasn't saved, selecting the tile produces no action.
  • If the tile was created from a workbook in Excel Online, you need at least Read permissions for that workbook. Otherwise, selecting the tile won't open the workbook in Excel Online.
  • Say you create a tile directly on the dashboard by using Add tile and set a custom hyperlink for it. If so, when you select the title, subtitle, or tile, it opens that URL. Otherwise, by default, when you select a tile created directly on the dashboard for an image, web code, or text box, nothing happens.
  • Tiles can be created from on-premises paginated reports in Power BI Report Server or SQL Server Reporting Services. If you don't have permission to access the on-premises report, selecting the tile takes you to a page indicating you don't have access (rsAccessDenied).
  • Say you select a tile created from an on-premises paginated report in Power BI Report Server or SQL Server Reporting Services. If you don't have access to the network where the report server is located, selecting a tile created from that paginated report takes you to a page that indicates it can't locate the server (HTTP 404). Your device needs network access to the report server to view the report.
  • If the original visualization that's used to create the tile changes, the tile doesn't change. For example, if you pin a line chart from a report and then you change the line chart to a bar chart, the dashboard tile continues to show a line chart. The data refreshes, but the visualization type doesn't.

Next steps

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