5 Ways to Speed Up Your Power BI Dashboard

So, you have successfully created a visually attractive Power BI report, but it does not render as quickly as you anticipated while trying to open it. Don’t worry! People using the Power BI report complained about its slow speed as their primary concern. However, this is mainly because we ignore or overlook some small things that can bring a significant boost in the speed of Power BI reports. Therefore, to make you excel in the art of optimizing the performance of your Power BI reports, we have got you covered with 5 easy and quick tips in this blog post.

The tips discussed in the blog are proven to be very efficient in instantly fixing the speed issues of your Power BI dashboards, while elevating its performance, without making any alterations to the report outlook.

Power BI

Power BI is commonly perceived as one of the

quick tools, which facilitate data to be displayed through attractive graphics

and visuals. Although Power BI is capable of managing huge databases, however,

it may cause you to wait for a couple of minutes to get those visual completely


Although, it is not a very big problem, and many

good techniques can be effectively used to off-load the burden from the tool

while enabling it to perform the tasks in a better way. We have chosen these 4

tips because they not only improve the speed of your Power BI tool but will

also accelerate the process of graphics and visual loading. But before getting

into it, let’s have a quick recall of Power BI reporting and dashboard to

better understand those tips.

Power BI Reporting & Dashboard

Undoubtedly, Power BI is one of the most renowned tools for conducting business analytics efficiently by creating reports and dashboards from your data. One of the most important features which makes the entire process of dashboard creation very quick and easy is it’s ‘Drag & Drop’ interface. However, things start to get a little complex as soon as you start adding the widgets and tiles to the dashboards; as the overall speed of your dashboard starts to get reduced. But, this is something not to worry about, because there are various ways that can be adopted to boost the speed of your dashboard. So, here are the 5 tips that you may use to enhance the performance of your Power BI dashboard.

TIP # 1 – Remove Everything That is Unused or


The easiest way is to reduce the burden of your

dashboard. Whether tables, charts, rows, columns, visuals, or any other things,

that are unnecessarily placed over the dashboard, or not used by you

frequently; are advised to remove it from your dashboard. So, the trick is to

stick only to the things that are required frequently; because the

overburdening dashboard with a lot of unnecessary stuff can reduce the overall

performance, speed, and productivity of your Power BI tool.

Tip # 2 – Use as Much Integers as Possible

Using integers wherever possible, is another

great tip for optimizing the performance of your Power BI dashboard. Searching

through the rows of numbers is relatively easier for your Power BI dashboards

as compared to searching through rows of strings. Hence, you must attempt to

use integers as much as possible. For example, using ‘Yes/No’, try to use ‘0’

for ‘Yes’ and ‘1’ for ‘No’; or using 1/2/3 for low/medium/high. Paying extra

attention while choosing values is always important; because every number is

also not an integer. Hence, it is always better to check the format of the data

using a query editor.

Tip # 3 – Use Tabs

Another great tip is to use tabs in your Power BI

dashboards wherever possible. This will help to decongest your dashboard while

improving its overall performance. Hence, if you ever feel that your dashboard

is having an overwhelming amount of charts, cards, or slicers, then it is

advised to categorize them into themes/subtopics, etc. while using different

tabs. Using tabs to synchronize your files will also allow you to keep your

slicers active, by making ‘Tab A’ filter ‘Tab B’ or vice versa. By using this

technique, you can make your filter look sorted, organized, and speedy in terms

of performance.

Tips # 4 – Cling to Default/Built-In Power BI


Power BI is undoubtedly an excellent resource to

find out amazing widgets that accurately present your data insights. Although,

it does not offer you any choices; and even if it does, we would recommend you

stick with the widgets that are default. No doubt, the third-party widgets

would look good than the default ones, however, their impact over the

performance and speed of the dashboard is really bad. Hence, before

implementing any third-party widget, you must ask yourself if they are worthy

enough to compromise the performance and speed of your dashboard. Though not

all the third-party widgets impact the performance or speed of the dashboard

significantly, still you will feel a difference as soon as you switch to the

default ones.

Tip # 5 – Use Top-N Rows Within the Tables

Using bigger tables can also result in the

crawling performance of your dashboard. The ability of your tables to display

and generate your data into defined datasets come into play, as soon as you use

slicers. To serve the purpose, Microsoft has added a very convenient feature

within your dashboard by the name of “Top-N-Rows”.

So, whenever the function is activated, the

tables constraint itself to the defined number of rows i.e. ‘n’; instead of

displaying or opening the entire dataset. Hence, this is another essential and

minimal intervention that can incredibly help you increase your Power BI

dashboard’s performance.

Learn to Assess the Speed of Your

Power BI Dashboard

Microsoft introduced another latest feature by

the name of ‘Performance Analyzer’ along with the 2019 update of the Power BI

tool. This feature is designed to help you assessing and analyzing the speed

and performance of your dashboard, while also highlighting all the bottlenecks

that are resulting in poor performance. This amazing feature works by recording

all your actions that you perform while using the dashboard against the

time/duration that is taken by load the required widget.

In Sum

In this blog post, we only discussed 5 methods,

that are proven to be easiest, quickest, and the most effective. But there are

many other ways that can be used to improve the speed of your Power BI


Author Bio

Kylie Jenner is a Professional content writer at Codes Creators Inc. Which is providing mobile app development, software development, Power BI Consulting, and SharePoint Services. Code Creators Inc. is well-reputed in the industry for providing high-quality and affordable services to its clients all over the world. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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