Last week we had Power BI training, and I used information panel in my Viz, I found it’s a cool functionality and it also makes a better experience for the users. In this blog, I would like to walk you through how to create an information panel in Power BI.

Before we get started, I would like to show you what is an Information Panel. An information panel is an image overlay for your Power BI report explaining what the user can do with it.

To create above information panel, I learned to used PowerPoint from a youtube video, they also made a lot of great videos for Power BI report designers.

Below are the steps:

  • Take a screenshot of your complete dashboard / report and paste it to a PowerPoint slide. (I used 16:9 report to fit the PowerPoint slide)


  •  Add a rectangle and adjust colour transparency (I used 20%) to make the basic report more visible to the users.

  • Add speech bubbles with descriptive texts for your visuals.
  • In the selection pane, hide or delete the image you first pasted.

  • Save what you made by selecting all the elements with Ctrl + A (by selecting elements, you save the whole thing as a transparent image). Right click and save it as png.
  • Add a button with bookmark on which if the user clicks, the information panel appears.

Above are the steps to create an information panel in Power BI. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me through linkedin. Hope you find this blog helpful.


Zoe Lu
Author: Zoe Lu

Zoe is a graduate of the University of Queensland, majoring in professional accounting and applied finance, she always strives to learn and enjoys applying her skills to manage any challenge. She moved from Brisbane to Melbourne three years ago and she believes that all change is good change. When Zoe is not creating dashboards, you will see her at Pilates or enjoying the good restaurants around Melbourne with her family and friends. If you ever get a chance to eat hot pot with her, she will share the recipe for her delicious secret dipping sauce.