Report Page Tooltip – Revolution in Visualization of Power BI

Very exciting feature that is added in the most recent version of Power BI Desktop March 2018 is Report Page Tooltips. This is a specific type of tooltip which can be a report itself. which this feature you can have your drill down report designed separately, and then with hovering on a chart, you can easily see the drill down as another report. This is a revolutionary feature added to Power BI Desktop, read rest of this post to learn how to use this stunning feature.


You need to download the Power BI Desktop release March 2018. (Released few hours ago!).

You also need to enable the Report Page Tooltip feature (because it is still preview at the time of writing this blog post). You can enable it from Files, Options and Settings, Options

then you need to select Report Page tooltip option

Sample Report

Open a sample Power BI report. Here is my sample of Pubs data set;

Let’s say we want to add a report page tooltip to the treemap visual. here are steps to do:

Create a Report Page

First you need to create a new report page and assign it as a tooltip page. This is a normal report page with few specific features. Create the new page, and then in the page’s format settings, in the Page Information, set Tooltip to be ON

Then set the size of this page. You don’t want the big page to appear when you hover on a chart. you want a small screen. for example, I set these sizes:

Now you can design your report page like any normal page. put charts and visuals on it.

You don’t need to put drill through filter on a tooltip report page

Add the report as Tooltip

your report is now ready to be added as a tooltip to another visual. in the Format of that visual go under Tooltip and you would be able to select any report page that has the tooltip property of that ON.

All done, let’s test it now


When you hover with your mouse on the treemap, you can see the other report is now showed as a tooltip. Fantastic, isn’t it?

The great thing about this is that this automatically passes the selection, you can see the tooltip is only showing data of psychology now. if I hover on another types, then tooltip also changes. Very smart!


This was a very quick post, but showed you a very fantastic feature added today in Power BI Desktop. from my point of view this is an awesome feature and probably reduce the amount of drill down and up in all reports. now you can drill down with different visual, you have the power of analysis with different visualizations in different levels. can’t wait to see more enhancement for this feature. Give it a try and let me know what scenarios you like to use this feature in it.




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Reza Rad is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 20 years’ experience in data analysis, BI, databases, programming, and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for nine continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. Reza is an active blogger and co-founder of RADACAD. Reza is also co-founder and co-organizer of Difinity conference in New Zealand.
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He wrote some books on MS SQL BI and also is writing some others, He was also an active member on online technical forums such as MSDN and Experts-Exchange, and was a moderator of MSDN SQL Server forums, and is an MCP, MCSE, and MCITP of BI. He is the leader of the New Zealand Business Intelligence users group. He is also the author of very popular book Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, which is free with more than 1700 pages of content and the Power BI Pro Architecture published by Apress.
He is an International Speaker in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Data Insight Summit, PASS Summit, SQL Saturday and SQL user groups. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Reza’s passion is to help you find the best data solution, he is Data enthusiast.

3 thoughts on “Report Page Tooltip – Revolution in Visualization of Power BI

  • Very nice Reza.

    Have you test it in the service?
    The tooltip doesn’t works.
    I get a message like “Loading…”


    • Hi Ramon,
      This is a very new feature still in preview. it doesn’t work yet in the service. It will come hopefully very soon

      • Hi Reza, The page tooltip is an awesome feature – and it works in the service also!


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