Using Styles in Microsoft Power View
Posted by denglishbi on April 19, 2012
The other night I was working on some final chapter reviews of our upcoming book Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View and I stumbled across something new in the RTM release of Microsoft Power View. A new feature called Styles that provides theming capabilities with the views in the report files. Let’s take a quick look at where this new feature is located and what this can do to your views.
Now when you launch Power View in your browser you will see a new tab in the ribbon called Styles next to the Home tab. When you click on this you will see that you are provided 8 different accent color themes to choose from as shown above.
So what do these look like?
(same as Accent 2 with exception of 1st color)
(same as Accent 5 with exception of 1st color)
(same as Accent 1 with slightly different blue color)
Now the one thing to note is that the Styles will change the colors for the entire view, so this includes all of the items (tables, slicers, etc.), not just one particular visualization.
The other thing to note here is that if you have multiple views in your report file that each view can have its own accent color setup.
So when designing your reports you have some options for colors to select from. Nothing custom like you have available in Reporting Services reports, but at least you have something unlike say PerformancePoint.
So that is a quick intro and overview of the new Styles option in Power View, hope you enjoyed the quick tour.
If you are looking for more information and guidance don’t forget to check out our book that will be coming out very soon – Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power View.