Power BI Desktop - Quick Overview

Introduction

If we want to access Power BI for FREE, then Power BI Desktop is an option, a free application that we can install on the local computer that lets us connect to, transform, and visualize your data. We can create Data Model by connecting to multiple different data sources. With this data model, we can build visuals and it as reports, with other people inside our organization. Power BI service is used to share our reports with others.

Install Power BI Desktop

We can download the Power BI Desktop from the official site and select download free. It redirects to Microsoft Store and chooses the Get option. Once after installing, start Power BI Desktop from the Windows Start menu or the icon in the Windows taskbar. It displays the Welcome Screen first.

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Fig.1 Power BI Desktop Overview

Let's get into the deep introduction of Power BI Desktop. Fig.1 shows the overview of the Power BI Desktop. On the top left corner, we can see some icons as SaveUndo and Redo which are quick access toolbar in the Power BI.

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Fig. 2 Quick Tool Bar

Ribbon Tab

Just below the Quick Tab, we can see options like File, Home, Insert, Modeling, View, Help. These are part of the Ribbon Tab in Power BI Desktop. Each option has some sub-options as well, which we will learn more in detail in the latter part.

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Fig. 3 Ribbon Tab with Options and Sub Options

Report

On the left side of the Power BI Desktop, we can see three icons. Among those, the first one is Report. Reports are the visuals that we create in Power BI.


Fig.4 Report

Data

The second icon from the left of the screen is Data. We will get complete information about the data that we have connected.

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Fig. 5 Data

Model

The third icon on the left side of the screen is Model. Models are used to create relationships between our data.

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Fig. 6 Models

Page Information

As similar as Excel Worksheet, we can add more pages and name each page in the Power BI. To add or name the pages, on the bottom we can see Page 1 (by default) as shown below.

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Fig. 7 Page Information

By clicking the Plus icon, we can add more pages.

Fields

Whatever data connected with Power BI will be shown under the field section.


Fig. 8 Three Many Options in Power BI Filters, Visualizations and Fields

Visualizations

Under Visualizations options, it provides various charts to create our interactive Dashboards.

Filters

For the chosen Charts from the visualizations, we can apply filters from Filters options.

Conclusion

In this article, we discussed an overview of the Power BI Desktop application, which I hope you all found useful. In the next article, we will discuss more concepts in Power BI Desktop. Please share your feedback in the comment section.

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