Power BI Bookmarks

Updated on January 2, 2024
Article byJeevan A Y
Edited byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

What are Bookmarks in Power BI?

Bookmarks have been commonly used in most applications, such as any browser that goes to the previously configured or saved page. Like Power BI, we use bookmarks to go to the previous configuration of any data page or report page. It will be in the same way, including the filters and visuals.

Bookmark is generally used with the web URL link to return to the bookmarked link immediately. A similar concept of the bookmark is integrated with Power BI as well. However, not to go to any URL link but to capture the current view of the visualization. Once you click on the created bookmarked icon, you can go back to the captured screen or visualization.

Do not think that bookmark is a screenshot feature. But, it is an advanced interactive tool available in Power BI to play with the data insights.

This kind of interactivity with the data is possible combined with “Bookmarks,” “Selection Pane,” and “Buttons.”


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How to Create Bookmarks in Power BI?

Now, we will show you simply what a bookmark is. For example, we have the below column chart for city-wise sales values.

Note: Import Data from Excel to Power BI and create a chartCreate A ChartIn Excel, a graph or chart lets us visualize information we've gathered from our data. It allows us to visualize data in easy-to-understand pictorial ways. The following components are required to create charts or graphs in Excel: 1 - Numerical Data, 2 - Data Headings, and 3 - Data in Proper Order.read more.

Power BI Bookmarks - Create Column Chart

Copy and paste the data directly to Power BI. Else, you can copy it to an Excel file and then import it to Power BI as an Excel file reference. So, you can download the Excel workbook template from the link below.

You can download this Power BI Bookmarks Excel Template here – Power BI Bookmarks Excel Template

As a reader, we do not want to see this chart. Instead, we want to view a line chart, and someone wants to view a horizontal bar chartBar ChartBar charts in excel are helpful in the representation of the single data on the horizontal bar, with categories displayed on the Y-axis and values on the X-axis. To create a bar chart, we need at least two independent and dependent variables.read more. Here, we have three requirements. Instead of showing all three charts, we will create a bookmark for each, assigning a bookmark to toggle between charts per the users’ selections.

Follow the below steps to create bookmarks in Power BI.

  1. Copy and paste the already created column chart on top of the same chart and change the chart type to “Clustered bar chart.”

    Power BI Bookmarks - Create Bar Chart

  2. Copy one more, paste the existing chart, and change the chart type to “Line chart.”

    Power BI Bookmarks - Create Line Chart
    Now, we have three charts on top of each together.

  3. Go to the “View” tab and check the box “Selection Pane” to view “Selection Pane” to the right.

    Power BI Bookmarks - Selection Pane

  4. Now, from the “Selection Pane,” we can hide and unhide the charts we have created. Click on the “eye” icon in the “Selection Pane” to hide or unhide. We have hidden two “eye” icons. In the “Report” view, we can see only one chart, “Column Chart.”

    Power BI Bookmarks - Selection Pane (Hide, Unhide)

  5. We have downloaded the following three types of chart visuals from the internet. And we need to insert these images into Power BI.

    Power BI Bookmarks - Chart Icon

  6. Go to the “HOME” tab, and click on “Image.” It will ask you to choose the image from the saved location, so choose your folder. It will insert one image simultaneously, so repeat the above step and insert all three images.

    Power BI Bookmarks - Image Option

  7. Go to the “View” tab and check the “Bookmarks Pane” box.

    Power BI Bookmarks - Bookmarks Pane

  8. You can see the “Bookmarks Pane” on the right, just like the “Selection Pane.”

    Power BI Bookmarks - Bookmarks Pane1

  9. From “Bookmarks Pane,” click on “Add.” It will insert the bookmark as “Bookmark1.” Double click on this and change the name to “Column Chart.”

    Power BI Bookmarks - Add Bookmark

  10. Now, select the “Column Chart.” It will open up the “Format Image” option to the right side. Under the “Format Image” option, turn on the “Action” option, and click on the down arrow to see further options under this. From the “Type” dropdown list, choose “Bookmark” it will open up one more “Bookmark” option from which we must choose the already named bookmark.

    Power BI Bookmarks - Format Column Chart Image

Like this, repeat the same for “Bar Chart” and “Line Chart.” Now, all our Power BI bookmarks are completed.

We now see “Line Chart” to see “Column Chart.” Hold the Ctrl key and click on the “Column Chart” image. It will take you to the “Column Chart” view.

Ctrl + Click on Image

Like this, we can create bookmarks to capture the moments and toggle back to those steps with just a click of the button.

Note: We can also download the Power BI dashboard file from the link below. We can view the final output.

You can download this Power BI Bookmarks Template here – Power BI Bookmarks Template

Things to Remember

This article has been a guide to Power BI Bookmarks. Here, we discuss creating bookmarks in Power BI to return to the captured screen or visualization with an example. You can learn more from the following articles: –