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  1. Bug: wrong data from OLAP source

    Incorrect values of dimension in pivot table sourced on OLAP cube (Microsoft SSAS 11.0.5569.0). The latest version without that bug is 16.0.6001.1068. Obviously we don’t know exact source of this bug, but most of the issues we discovered were on complex pivot tables with many attributes, partially displayed dimension’s hierarchy and without subtotals. Example of this bug occurring is in attached file ExcelBug. There are 2 exactly the same pivot tables (the table on the right hand side is basically copy of the table on the left hand side). After removing “Grand Total” on the table on the right hand…

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    • Better Support for Analysis Services Tabular

      It's about time to improve support for SSAS Tabular:
      1. Auto-generate DAX
      2. Avoid splitting a table into a "measure group" and "dimension". See how PBI Desktop handles metadata.
      3. Carry over data types so that users can create reports, such as show me invoices where Due Date is greater than ... Currently, all dimension table fields map to Text.
      4. Many customers have expressed interest to connect Excel tables directly to Tabular, bypassing Pivot Table, so they can use the column dropdowns and other Excel goodness.
      5. Support descriptions as tooltips when the user hovers on a field in…

      57 votes
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      • Expand Pivot Tables without overwriting existing data beneath or to the right of table

        With all the queries on the internet, we assume there is no built-in option to prevent pivot tables from overwriting data beneath the table during refresh and expansion. Is that correct?

        Given that Excel has options for 'inserting' rows, why in the world would Microsoft NOT provide a pivot table expansion/contraction option for inserting or deleting rows from within the refreshed table without overwriting data beneath or to the right of the table?

        It is also interesting that inserting rows into a regular Excel table, using the TAB key in the last row, can add rows by expanding the table…

        5 votes
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        • Power Query Advanced Editor and Formula Bar Intellisense

          Add intellisense to the advanced editor and the formula bar for the Power Query M-Code.

          27 votes
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          • Power Pivot Option in Excel app of Home & Business 2016 version

            I purchased the office home & business 2016 for PC version. The idea was to learn features like power pivot/Power queryl. but to my dismay this version of the excel does not have this feature in built. Isn't this supposed to be a standard feature

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            • Allow dates to display un-grouped by default

              Make a setting to allow dates to display un-grouped by default. Currently when you add dates to the pivot table fields it creates the quarter, month, year deal and you have to right click and ungroup. I see the usefulness of both ways but ungrouped is used far more by some users.

              3 votes
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              • Power query relationship with worksheets

                When a worksheet is copied, any Power Query associated with tables on the sheet is not repeated.(This in contrast to the way VBA works).

                Furthermore there is no way of identifying the worksheet on which a table sits from within a Power Query, I can see no way of writing worksheet-independent functions to overcome this problem.

                This leaves us with having to use VBA to create new Power Queries when sheets are copied. Messy and, in some instances, unacceptable to the end user.

                Please can we have a means of attaching power queries to worksheets so they are copied and…

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                • Update the online documentation so it is correct

                  The Power query M formula language reference at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powerquery-m/power-query-m-reference is misleading.

                  It includes a number of functions e.g. Hmtl.Table which if used in a Power Pivot Query cause an error. What the manual does not say is that these can only be used in queries originating in BI not queries originating in Excel.

                  I wasted a lot of time wondering why my queries did not work before somebody told me this.

                  Please go through the function reference making clear what works with Excel and what does not.

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                  • Refresh All for Pivots and data connections should have a way to set up the order of update

                    Refresh All for Pivots and data connections should have a way to set up the order - at least how it progresses from tab to tab, or from top to down on a sheet. Right now, it seems like a black hole on which pivot/tab is getting updated first and which one is last if I have a workbook with 10 tabs and close to 30 pivots and few data connections. I do not see a way to either set an order or find the order in which Refresh All is working.

                    2 votes
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                    • make pivot table to work

                      Pivot tables should work as promised. The filed list is missing and does not show even if it is selected in the show tab.
                      What a waste of time

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                      • Add the ability to run percentiles in pivot tables

                        I see a request already to add the ability to run medians in pivot tables--would love to be able to do this, and also to run other percentiles.

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                        • Add search field in PivotTable Field List

                          Currently when you have dozens of fields for a source table, it takes a long time to scroll through and find the field you want to include in your pivot table.

                          - Add search field in PivotTable Field List to allow user to search for field when table has high volume of fields

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                            • Remember collapsing state of folders of queries in Power Query

                              In the current version all the folders are open when you launch PQ. It would be useful if PQ would remember their stat at the moment of last closing PQ window.

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                              • Add Roles to Power Pivot

                                Currently, the "roles" functionality, which enables row-level security, is available in tabular data models and Power BI desktop. I would like to use this feature in Power Pivot. To elaborate, I'd like to load a full data set, and have Power Pivot filter the data model shown to the current user, based on their security profile. I can set this fairly quickly in Power BI Desktop, not sure why it isn't an option for Power Pivot.

                                3 votes
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                                  • Ability to lock moving and resizing of TimeLines

                                    Currently it is not possible to create a Timeline that can be interacted with by the user, but not moved or resized. For the Slicer, the option "Disable resizing and moving" is available. For the TImeline however, this option is permanently greyed out rendering the method impossible. I've searched for countless of hours and the only responses from Microsoft support have been "That is not possible, sry". It just doesn't make sense that you can do it with Slicers but not with Timelines. Please fix this.

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                                    • PIVOT TABLE design inconsistent - usually in lower portion of table

                                      PIVOT TABLE design is inconsistent throughout the Table -
                                      Usually in lower portion of table, design is not in effect anymore (eg.Highlight, Formats)

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                                      • convert pivot table to range with formula totals

                                        Allow a Pivot Table to be exported/converted to a range with Subtotals and Grand Totals running. Allows users to manipulate further from data crunched via PT - often you can't share full workbook and cumbersome to replicate in range user can interact with.

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                                        • Tooltips support for SSAS Tabular

                                          Support descriptions which are a saved property in an SSAS Tabular model as tooltips when the user hovers on a field in the Field List. This is the way PowerBI works and would allow model developers to provide explanations of measures or dimensions to users in the field list. In effect, this would allow to Tabular model to be self documenting.

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