Power BI Q&A

Power BI Q&A helps you ask business questions or analyze data using natural language. In this case, we show you the uses of Q&A with a practical example. Before we start digging into the Power BI Q&A, let me show you the existing dashboards in my workspace.

To view the Power BI Q&A, please click on the My Workspace and then go to the Dashboards tab. From the screenshot below, see that there are five dashboards.

Go to Dashboards under My Workspace 1

We use the third Dashboard to demonstrate Power BI Q&A in this example. Please click on it to see the reports on this dashboard.

Choose a Dashboard 2

Power BI Q&A

From the screenshot of Power BI below, you can see the text Ask a question about your data. It is the place where we can write business-related questions in natural or standard language.

Power BI Q&A to Ask Question about Your Data 3

Once you click on that area, the following window is shown

  1. Exit: Use this button to exit from this window. It will redirect you to the previous dashboard.
  2. Ask a question about your data: You can ask any business or data related question.
  3. Suggestions: These suggestions are displayed based on the data, or you can Predefine them

Remember, we designed many pages from this dataset. That’s why it is mostly showing those reports. In your case, it might be different. I mean, Power BI Q&A may show more words like cities, product sales, etc.

Power BI Q&A 4

Power BI Q&A Example 1

Let me select the Pie Chart.

Power BI Q&A 5

From the below screenshot, you can see the Pie Chart that was already present in my report.

Pie Chart 6

Power BI Q&A Example 2

Other than the predefined scenarios, you can ask your own business questions. Remember, IntelliSense is fast enough to provide suggestions and also shows the visuals that are best suited for the question. As you can observe, when I typed s, it displayed all the possibilities that match S and also drew a table with the martial Status S.

Type any letter and Desktop shows related questions 7

Let me select the Sales Amount from Fact Internet Sales

Power BI Q&A to Type any Message 8

The moment I selected the Sales Amount, it displayed the Total Sales Amount Card.

Anser to the Question displays in Card 9

Let me ask for sales by country.

Power BI Q&A 10

You can see the Bar Chart displaying the Sales by Country.

TIP: You can use the Pin button on the top right corner to Pin this visual to the Dashboard. And you can use the Visualization, Filters, and Fields tabs to customize this visual as per your requirement.

It return Bar chart 11

Example 3

This time sales by color

Example 12

Question and Answer Example 3

In Power BI Q&A, by clicking the term underlined with yellow color, you can replace it with another field. Let me select Sales and replace it with Total Product Cost.

Total Cost 13

Now you can see the Bar chart displaying the Total product Cost by Color.

total product cost by color 14

You can also try to replace the Color term.

Product By color 15

Q&A Example 4

This time we use a regular question. I mean, a standard question, and it displays the result.

Regular Question 16

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