Generate data insights automatically with Power BI

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Have a new dataset and not quite sure where to start? Need to build a dashboard quickly? Want to look for insights you may have missed?

Run quick insights to generate interesting interactive visualizations based on your data. Quick insights can be run on an entire dataset (quick insights) or on a specific dashboard tile (scoped insights). You can even run insights on an insight!


Insights doesn't work with DirectQuery - it only works with data uploaded to Power BI.

The insights feature is built on a growing set of advanced analytical algorithms developed in conjunction with Microsoft Research that we’ll continue to use to allow more people to find insights in their data in new and intuitive ways.

Run quick insights on a dataset

Watch Amanda run quick insights on a dataset, open an insight in Focus mode, pin one of these insights as a tile on her dashboard, and then get insights for a dashboard tile.

Now it's your turn. Explore insights using the Supplier Quality Analysis sample.

  1. From the Datasets tab, select the ellipses (...) and choose Get insights.

    Datasets tab

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  2. Power BI uses various algorithms to search for trends in your dataset.

    Searching for insights dialog

  3. Within seconds, your insights are ready. Select View insights to display visualizations.

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    Some datasets can't generate insights because the data isn't statistically significant. To learn more, see Optimize your data for insights.

  4. The visualizations display in a special Quick Insights canvas with up to 32 separate insight cards. Each card has a chart or graph plus a short description.

    Quick Insights canvas

Interact with the insight cards

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  1. Hover over a card and select the pin icon to add the visualization to a dashboard.

  2. Hover over a card, select the ellipses (...) and choose View insights. This opens the insight fullscreen.

    Insight full screen

  3. In Focus mode you can:

    • Filter the visualizations. To display the filters, in the top right corner, select the arrow to expand the Filters pane. insight an Filters menu expanded

    • Pin the insight card to a dashboard by selecting the pin pin icon icon or Pin visual.

    • Run insights on the card itself. This is often referred to as scoped insights. In the top-right corner, select the lightbulb icon Get insights icon or Get insights.

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      The insight displays on the left and new cards, based solely on the data in that single insight, display along the right.

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  4. To return to the original insights canvas, in the top-left corner, select Exit Focus mode.

Run insights on a dashboard tile

Instead of searching for insights against an entire dataset, narrow your search to the data used to create a single dashboard tile. This too is often referred to as scoped insights.

  1. Open a dashboard.

  2. Hover over a tile. select the ellipses (...), and choose View insights. The tile opens in Focus mode with the insights cards displayed along the right.

    Focus mode

  3. Does one insight pique your interest? Select that insight card to dig further. The selected insight appears on the left and new insight cards, based solely on the data in that single insight, display along the right.

  4. Continue digging into your data, and when you find an interesting insight, pin it to your dashboard by selecting Pin visual from the top-right corner.

Next steps

If you own a dataset, optimize it for Quick Insights

Learn about the types of Quick Insights available

More questions? Try the Power BI Community