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Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 53 – Play Axis)

In this module you will learn how to use the Play Axis Power BI Custom Visual.  The Play Axis visual works like a dynamic slicer that animates your other report visuals without needing to click every time you want to change your filter value.

Module 53 – Play Axis


Key Takeaways

  • You make your entire report animate across the Play Axis attribute.
  • Animation controls available to you: looping, auto play, and the control of the play speed.


In this Play Axis the rest of the report is animated by years.

  • Under the Format paintbrush there are a several customization available for the Play Axis.
  • Under the Animation Settings section you can change control the play functionality of the Play Axis. Here you can make the animation automatically start, continue looping and change the speed at which the animation occurs.


  • The Colors section allows you to change the modify the appearance of the Play Axis visual. You can adjust the overall color of it or make each button a different color by turning on Show all.


  • The Enable Caption On section allows you to turn on/off the text displayed next to the visual or just adjust the formatting of it.


In addition to these properties you have a set of settings that appears on every visual to adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio.

Find Out More

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 30+ courses.

Catch up on all the Power BI Custom Visuals blog posts here.

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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