Get around in the Power BI app

It’s easy to get around in the Power BI Windows Store app home page. Tap the screen with a touch-enabled device or click with a mouse.

  • Tap the Home icon on the app bar to go to the home page, where your favorites are.

  • Tap the Back icon in the upper-left corner to go back to wherever you were last.

Note    If you swipe left or right to go to another page in a report, the Back button takes you to the home page, not the last page you viewed.

In this article

Show the app bars

Open a report

Open a report from a link in email

Browse to reports

Browse to reports on other SharePoint Online sites

Go to other pages

Sync a report

Restore a report to its state on the server (Reset to Original)

View apps side-by-side in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT

More info

Show the app bars

You show the app bars at the top and bottom of the app in the same way from anywhere in the app.

  • Touch: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

  • Mouse: right-click anywhere in the center of the screen.

  • Shortcut key: Windows + Z.

Power BI mobile app showing app bar

Open a report

  • From the home page   , tap any page in the report to open the report to that page.

  • From the Locations page   , tap a report to open to the first page in that report.

Tip   Make the report a favorite so it will be on your home page next time you want to view it.

Open a report from a link in email

When you receive an email from the Power BI app, it contains two different links:

  • A mobilebi link opens the report in the Power BI app.

  • An https link opens the report in Microsoft Excel Online.

If you don’t have the Power BI app installed, tap the https link to view report in a browser.

If you don’t have the Power BI app installed and you tap the mobilebi link, it takes you to the Windows store, where you can look for and install the Power BI app.

Note    Email sent from the Power BI app might behave differently depending on your mail app. You might not be able to open links by tapping or clicking them, but copying a link and pasting it in a browser opens the report in the Power BI app.

Browse to reports

  1. Show the app bar

  2. Tap Browse.

The Locations page lists all the sites you’ve visited that authenticated successfully.

Browse to reports on other SharePoint Online sites

You can browse to other SharePoint Online sites (always https), view reports, and make them favorites, as long as you have the right credentials.

  • In the Locations page, swipe up to show the app bar.

  • Type a URL in the address box in the app bar to go to a different SharePoint Online site.

Tip    The Power BI app adds https if you don’t specify it in the URL.

Power BI mobile app URL address box

Go to other pages

  • Swipe left or right in the background of the report, or click the arrows on the left or right, to go to the previous or next page.

Note    When you swipe left or right in a visualization, you scroll in the visualization.

Or

  • Show the app bars and then tap another page in the top app bar.

    Power BI mobile app showing app bar

If this is your first time viewing the report, you may see default images while report pages load.

Sync a report

  • To refresh the data in a report, tap Sync for one report or Sync All (on the app bar) for all the reports in your Favorites.

    Sync button in Power BI mobile app

Syncing maintains all your filters, sorting, and highlighting in the report.

Restore a report to its state on the server (Reset to Original)

Tap Reset to Original to:

  • Restore the filters and sorting in the report on the server.

  • Get the current version of the report on the server.

  • Refresh the data in the report.

    Note    The Power BI app can’t display workbooks that link to external data.

View apps side-by-side in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT

You can view apps side-by-side in Windows 8.1, and Windows RT. You can resize the Power BI app so it takes up just a part of the screen.

  • Tap the top of the Power BI app and drag it down and to the right side until it snaps in place as a column on one side.

Windows 8.1 offers more flexibility in side-by-side viewing. You can now resize the columns and view three or more apps at a time.

More info

Power BI Windows Store app home page

Applies To: Power BI



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