New features in the New Card Visualisation in Power BI

May 23, 2024 | Power BI Hints and Tips

The Card visualisation has been available since Power BI was first released while Card (new) only appeared in the last few months.

This blog discusses the main enhancements available from the Card(new) visualisation and where to change them.  All the options described are available from the Visualisation pane under Format your visual at the top of this pane.

Category Label

In the Card visualisation the label is below the field, in the card (new) visualisation it sits below by default but can be moved from the Callout Values for the Label by changing the Position.

Category Label Position image

Layout

Card (new) can be set up as a Single row, Single Column or Grid and the number of rows and/or columns shown can be specified.  This is changed in the Layout option.  The layout can also be set to the Style of card or table depending on whether a gap is required between each entry.

New card layout image

Shape

The shape of the card (and more) can be altered for the new card only.  From the Cards option, the shape can be set to rectangle, rounded rectangle or snipped tab, both top.  For rounded rectangle and snipped tab other options are made available once this choice is made.  Additional formatting such as alignment, background, border and shadow are also available regardless of the shape chosen.

New card cards image

Accent Bar

An accent bar can add definition to the new cards by adding a bar at the top, bottom, left or right of the card.  It is found within the Cards Option, under Accent Bar.  The colour and thickness of the bar can be altered. The colour can even be set to change using conditional formatting.

Image

A picture can be added to each card.  The image files must be stored in an existing table to be able to use them on the card.  The image is selected from the Images option and Browse is used to find the picture.

New card image image

Reference Labels

This allows for other related data to be shown along with the original field.  The Reference label appears below the field already added.  The extra fields are added from the Reference labels option by dragging the required fields to the Add labels box.  For numerical fields this can be sum, average count etc.  For date fields this can be earliest or latest and for text fields last or first (alphabetically).  The dividing line can be removed as can the shading if required.

new card reference label image

Tooltips

This is only available for the new cards.  This allows for a tooltip to appear when you hover over the visualisation showing other information rather than making the image on the screen more cluttered.  This could be an alternative to the reference labels.  Unlike all the other options this is not found from Format your visual but instead from Add data to your visual at the top of the visualisations pane.  The required field(s) is dragged into the Tooltips box and can be altered as described in the Reference Labels section.

New card Tooltips image

In conclusion, the Card (new) visualisation has a huge amount more functionality than the old Card providing one of the most commonly used visualisations in Power BI with more use cases than before.

Further Reading

If you’ve enjoyed reading about these new features in the new Card Visualisation in Power BI, there are some other blogs below that you might find useful:

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