Create card visualizations

Note

These visuals can be created and viewed in both Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service. The steps and illustrations in this article are from Power BI Desktop.

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

Prerequisite

This tutorial uses the Retail Analysis sample PBIX file

  1. From the upper left section of the menubar, select File > Open

  2. Find your copy of the Retail Analysis sample PBIX file

  3. Open the Retail Analysis sample PBIX file in report view Screenshot of the report view icon..

  4. Select Screenshot of the yellow tab. to add a new page.

Option 1: Create a card using the report editor

The first method to create a card is to use the report editor in Power BI Desktop.

  1. Start on a blank report page and select the Store > Open store count field.

    Power BI creates a column chart with the one number.

    example number tile chart

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

    example number title card

You have now successfully created a card with the report editor. Below is the second option for creating a card using the Q&A question box.

Option 2: Create a card from the Q&A question box

The Q&A question box is another option for you to use when creating a card. The Q&A question box is available in Power BI Desktop report view.

  1. Start on a blank report page

  2. At the top of your window, select the Ask a Question icon.

    Power BI will create a card and a box for your question.

    ask a question icon location

  3. For example, type "Total Sales for Tina" in the question box.

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

    question box example

    card example from question method

You have now successfully created a card with the Q&A question box. Below are steps for formatting your card to your specific needs.

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.

  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.

    card with data format example

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

    card with category example

  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.

Considerations and troubleshooting

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

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