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, you can create standalone tiles directly on the dashboard using Add tile. 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 from...

There are many different ways to add (pin) a tile to a dashboard. Tiles can be pinned from:

And standalone tiles for images, text boxes, videos, streaming data, and web content can be created directly on the dashboard using Add tile.

Add tile icon

Interacting with tiles on a dashboard

Move and resize a tile

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

Hover over a tile to change the appearance and behavior

  1. Hover over the tile to display the ellipses.

    tile ellipses

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

    ellipses icon

    From here you can:

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

Select (click) a tile

When you select a tile, what happens next depends on how you created the tile. Also, if it has a custom link, selecting the tile takes you to that link. 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.

Note

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

Considerations and troubleshooting

  • If the report that was used to create the visualization was not saved, then 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 using Add tile and set a custom hyperlink for it. If so, whne you select the title, subtitle, or tile opens that URL. Otherwise, by default, when you select a tiles created directly on the dashboard for an image, web code, or text box, nothing happens.
  • If you don't have permission to the report within Reporting Services, selecting a tile created from a Reporting Services report takes you to a page indicating you don't have access (rsAccessDenied).
  • If you don't have access to the network where the Reporting Services server is located, selecting a tile created from Reporting Services 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 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 does not.

Next steps

Create a Card (big number tile) for your dashboard

Dashboards in Power BI

Data refresh

Power BI - Basic Concepts

Export a tile to Power Point

Pin Reporting Services items to Power BI Dashboards

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