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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 01 – Custom Visuals Introduction)

Power BI Module 01

Welcome to an exciting new FREE class that I am launching today!  Over the next year (that’s right year!) I will be releasing one module a week detailing how to work with all of the Power BI visuals available in the Custom Visuals Gallery.  You might ask why am I doing this?  Well The Microsoft Power BI team and the Power BI Community, through the Custom Visuals Gallery, have expanded the data visualization capabilities of Power BI drastically but unfortunately has provided little and in some cases no direction on how to use these the new features.  These Custom Visuals are designed by Microsoft on occasion but more often then not the Power BI Community has put in a lot of hard work to provide these great new features for everyone to use.  My thought is if the Power BI Community is willing to design and publish these without asking individuals for payment then I would love to provide training on these features to you for free as well.

I hope you enjoy this journey with me!  Let’s start with an introduction to Power BI Custom Visuals.

Module 01 – Custom Visuals Introduction

Key Takeaways

  • Power BI Custom Visuals allow you to extend the capabilities beyond the native visualizations provided to you in the Power BI Desktop.


This is the default visualizations pane you are provided in the Power BI Desktop application.  With the ability to add Custom Visuals you increase this by almost 50 additional visualization types you can use.

  • You can find Custom Visuals by going to the link http://app.powerbi.com/visuals/
  • Custom Visuals are easy to download and then import into the Power BI Desktop


Import Custom Visuals by clicking the ellipsis in the Visualization Pane.

  • Power BI Custom Visuals are developed by both Microsoft and the Power BI Community so you will see a warning appear that covers Microsoft legally because you’re importing code that may be designed by someone else.

You will always be able to find this video module and advanced viewing of future modules on the Pragmatic Works On Demand Training platform.  Click here to learn more about this training platform that includes 20+ courses.

Devin Knight

Devin is a BI consultant at Pragmatic Works Consulting. Previously, he has tech edited the book Professional Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services and was an author in the book Knight's 24-Hour Trainer: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Integration Services. Devin has spoken at past conferences like PASS and at several SQL Saturday events. He is a contributing member to the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (SIG) for PASS as a leader in the SSIS Focus Group. Making his home in Jacksonville, FL, Devin is a participating member of the local users’ group (JSSUG).


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