Getting around in Power BI service

If you've been using Power BI service for awhile now, you've no doubt noticed that we've made significant changes to the user interface. Most of these changes affect how your content (dashboards, reports, datasets) is organized and the paths (clicks) you take to perform tasks with that content.

How do I...

For those of you who are familiar with the previous Power BI service interface, this reference guide will help you figure out how to get things done in the new interface. We realize it may be disorienting at first, but believe with use, you'll discover many time-saving benefits to the new layout.

Quick reference guide

Action New (current) path
Favorite a dashboard Workspace > Dashboards and select the star icon to turn it yellow
View a list of your favorite dashboards Select Favorites from left navpane
View a list of recently-visited dashboards and reports Select Recent from left navpane
View a list dashboards that have been shared with you Select Shared with me from left navpane
Share a dashboard Open dashboard and select Share or create and publish an app
Delete a dashboard My workspace > Dashboards > trashcan icon
Delete a report My workspace > Reports > trashcan icon
Delete a dataset My workspace > Datasets > ... > Delete
Open a dashboard Workspace > Dashboards > and select the name of the dashboard
Open a report Workspace > Reports > and select the name of the report
Open a dataset Workspace > Datasets > and select the name of the dataset
Create a dashboard From the top navbar select Create > Dashboard
Create a report From the top navbar select Create > Report
Create a dataset From the top navbar select Create > Dataset
Create an app Workspaces > Create app workspace
View a list of all the dashboards, reports, and datasets that you own Workspaces > My workspace

Why did we change the navigation experience for Power BI service?

  • streamlined the lists for dashboards, reports, workbooks, and datasets
  • added quick access flyout menus for favorites, most-recent, and workspace selection
  • added a way to identify related content for dashboards, reports, and datasets
  • added a separate content area for workbooks
  • created a separate area for your favorite dashboards
  • created a separate area for content that has been shared with you
  • created a separate area for your most-recent content
  • reduced the number of clicks required to accomplish tasks -- combined the lists of content, and the actions you can take on that content, on the same screen. For example, switching between dashboards and reports.

Watch Amanda take you on a tour of the new navigation experience, explaining and demonstrating the improvements. Then follow the step-by-step instructions below the video to explore for yourself.

We've added some brand new features

Follow the step-by-step instructions to explore for yourself.

View content (dashboards, reports, workbooks, datasets, workspaces, apps)

Let's start by looking at how the basic content (dashboards, reports, datasets, workbooks) is organized. Before this, all of your content was listed in the left navigation pane. Now, you still have that option, but the default is to display by content type within the context of a workspace. Select a workspace from the left navigation pane (left nav) and the tabs for the associated content (dashboards, reports, workbooks, datasets) fill the Power BI canvas to the right.

If you have Power BI Free, you'll only see one workspace -- My Workspace.

Favorite dashboards

Favorites lets you quickly access those dashboards that are most important to you.

  1. With the dashboard open, select Favorite from the top-right corner.

    Favorite changes to Unfavorite and the star icon becomes yellow.

  2. To display a list of all the dashboards that you have added as favorites, in the left nav, select the arrow to the right of Favorites. Because the left nav is a permanent feature of Power BI service, you have access to this list from anywhere in Power BI service.

    From here you can select a dashboard to open it.

  3. To open the Favorites pane, in the left nav, select Favorites or select the Favorites icon .

    From here you can select a dashboard to open it, see who owns a dashboard, unfavorite a dashboard, or share a dashboard with colleagues.

  4. Another way to mark a dashboard as a favorite is from the Dashboards tab. Just open the workspace that contains the dashboard, and select the star icon to the left of the dashboard name.

To learn more, see Favorite a dashboard


Quickly get to the reports and dashboards that you’ve most recently accessed by visiting the Recents pane. This includes content from across all of your workspaces.

Similar to Favorites, you can quickly access your recents from anywhere in Power BI service by selecting the arrow next to Recents in the left nav.

To learn more, see Recents in Power BI


An app is a collection of dashboards and reports built to deliver key metrics, all in one place. You can have apps internal to your organization, and also apps for external services such as Google Analytics and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

To learn more, see App workspaces (below) and What are Power BI apps.

Shared with me

Shared with me is the location for all dashboards that colleagues have shared with you. Filter by dashboard owner, use the search field to find what’s relevant, and sort the items by date. And for shared content you visit frequently, it's even easier to favorite it right from the Shared with me view.

To learn more, see Shared with me

Working with workspaces

Next in the left nav is workspaces. Workspaces can be thought of as containers for Power BI content. There are two types of workspaces: My Workspace and App workspaces.

If you are not a member of an app workspace or an admin, you may not see any app workspaces in your left nav. And if you are a Power BI Free customer, you will not see any app workspaces.

My Workspace

My Workspace stores all the content that you own. Think of it as your personal sandbox or work area for your own content. You can share content from My Workspace with colleagues. Within My Workspace, your content is organized into 4 tabs: Dashboards, Reports, Workbooks, and Datasets.

App workspaces

Apps and app workspaces are a feature of Power BI Pro. If you are someone who authors dashboards and reports for others, you'll use app workspaces to do this. An app workspace is the place where you'll create the app, so to create an app, you'll first need to create the app workspace. They’re the evolution of group workspaces – staging areas and containers for the content in the app. You and your colleagues can collaborate on dashboards, reports, and other content that you plan to distribute to a wider audience, or even your entire organization.

To learn more, visit Create and distribute an app in Power BI.

As with My Workspace, your content is organized into 4 tabs: Dashboards, Reports, Workbooks, and Datasets.

Switch workspaces by selecting Workspaces in the left nav.

Search and sort content

The new content view makes it easier to search, filter and sort your content. To search for a dashboard, report or workbook, type in the search area. Power BI filters to only the content that has your search string as part of the name.

You can also sort the content by name or owner.

To learn more, see Power BI navigation: search, sort, filter

Next steps

Have questions or feedback? Visit the Power BI community forum