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Using Styles in Microsoft Power View

Posted by denglishbi on April 19, 2012

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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?

Accent 1


Accent 2


Accent 3

(same as Accent 2 with exception of 1st color)


Accent 4


Accent 5


Accent 6

(same as Accent 5 with exception of 1st color)


Accent 7

(same as Accent 1 with slightly different blue color)


Accent 8


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.

4 Responses to “Using Styles in Microsoft Power View”

  1. jason said

    I also noticed this feature just 2 days back 🙂
    It is interesting to note that MS is adding features to Power View while preserving the original “2-click” intention. I was always wondering how MS can add the ability to change colors in Power View without breaking this rule, but styles/themes achieves that (even though it means that we have lesser control over further customization of the colors).

  2. I am struggling to get the image work properly in PowerView. It seems the image size is automatically set when display. I wish there is an option I can set the size

    • denglishbi said

      What are you trying to do with the images in Power View? Is it just the size that is causing issues or are you experienceing other issues trying to reference them as well?

  3. Halil said

    Hi Dan,

    I am having issues with image sizes in powerview reports. I also purchased your book, but nothing is available regarding size of images. I have a pictures of my products, sized 250*250 pixels as png, however they look so small in powerview reports. Thumbnails look very small in reports. is there any way to change their size in reports so that they look nice and proper?

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