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About this lesson
Working with maps can be a bit tricky. This module will explain the good, the bad and the ugly of maps, as well as provide recommendations to avoid the ugly.
Maps & Filled Maps
Working with Maps and Filled Maps in Power BI.
When to use
Use to show your data and how it relates to location using either point maps or filled region maps.
Working with the Map visual
- Use either the Location or the Latitude and Longitude
- When using Latitude & Longitude on your map, change to Don’t Summarize if it aggregates
- Separate data using the Legend Field
- Change point size by dragging a measure into the Size area
- Color saturation and tooltips are also available
Working with the Filled Map visual
- Must use a Location field
- Use a Country if necessary to get your data in the correct place
- Add Lat/Long to add precision
- Legend, Color Saturation and Tooltips are also available
Hints & tips
- If you are not connected to the internet when Power BI Desktop opens, the maps will not render
- Use Longitude and Latitude wherever possible as it provides much more accurate data
- If you must use a location field, aggregate one that includes “Street, City, State, Country” to try and get better results
- There is also an ArcGIS map which is very robust, but very complicated. Unlike other visuals, the ArcGIS map is customized via the … command in the top right corner of the visual (click Edit)
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