Card visualizations

Sometimes a single number is the most important thing you want to track in your Power BI dashboard or report, such as total sales, market share year over year, or total opportunities. This type of visualization is called a Card. As with almost all of the native Power BI visualizations, Cards can be created using the report editor or Q&A.

card visualization

Create a card using the report editor

These instructions use the Retail Analysis Sample. To follow along, download the sample for Power BI service ( or Power BI Desktop.

  1. Start on a blank report page and select the Store > Open store count field. If you're using Power BI service, you'll need to open the report in Editing View.

    Power BI creates a column chart with the one number.

  2. In the Visualizations pane, select the Card icon.

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

  4. Pin the tile to an existing dashboard or to a new dashboard.

    • Existing dashboard: select the name of the dashboard from the dropdown.
    • New dashboard: type the name of the new dashboard.
  5. Select Pin.

    A Success message (near the top right corner) lets you know the visualization was added, as a tile, to your dashboard.

  6. Select Go to dashboard. There, you can edit and move the pinned visualization.

Create a card from the Q&A question box

The Q&A question box is the easiest way to make a Card. The Q&A question box is available in Power BI service from a dashboard or report and in Desktop report view. The steps below describe creating a Card from a Power BI service dashboard. If you'd like to create a card using Q&A in Power BI Desktop, follow these instructions for using Q&A for Desktop reports.

This example uses the Opportunity Analysis sample.

  1. At the top of your dashboard, start typing what you want to know about your data in the question box.


From a Power BI service report, in Editing view, select Ask a question from the top menubar. From a Power BI Desktop report, find some open space in a report and double-click to open a question box.

  1. For example, type "number of opportunities" in the question box.

    The question box helps you with suggestions and restatements, and finally displays the total number.

  2. Select the pin icon in the upper-right corner to add the card to a dashboard.

  3. Pin the card, as a tile, to an existing dashboard or to a new dashboard.

    • Existing dashboard: select the name of the dashboard from the dropdown. Your choices will be limited to only those dashboards within the current workspace.
    • New dashboard: type the name of the new dashboard and it will be added to your current workspace.
  4. Select Pin.

    A Success message (near the upper right corner) lets you know the visualization was added, as a tile, to your dashboard.

  5. Select Go to dashboard to see the new tile. There, you can rename, resize, add a hyperlink, and reposition the tile, and more on your dashboard.

Format a card

You have many options for changing labels, text, color and more. The best way to learn is to create a card and then explore the Formatting pane. Here are just a few of the formatting options available.

The Formatting pane is available when interacting with the card in a report. If you make changes to a card in a report, re-pin it to see those changes on your dashboard.

  1. Start by selecting the paint roller icon to open the Formatting pane.

    card with paint roller outlined

  2. With the card selected, expand Data label and change the color, size, and font family. If you had thousands of stores, you could use Display units to show the number of stores by thousands and control the decimal places as well. For example, 125.8K instead of 125,832.00.

  3. Expand Category label and change the color and size.

    color dark blue selected

  4. Expand Background and move the slider to On. Now you can change the background color and transparency.

    slider set to ON

  5. Continue to explore the formatting options until your card is exactly how you'd like it.

    Card after all formatting done

Considerations and troubleshooting

If you do not see a question box at all, contact your system or tenant administrator.

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