Recently, I got asked by one of my readers if there is an easier way to make similar sized KPI boxes or charts in Power BI, other than manually resizing each individual visualization. As you know, making similar sized KPI boxes and / or charts are a design technique to make your reports symmetric and more aesthetically pleasing. Currently Power BI does not offer us a way to key in the width / height of the visualizations and it might seem like manual resizing is the only option. This tip is a much more simpler and precise way to do the same.
I) Making Similar Sized Charts
Making similar sized charts are easy. For that, click on the completed chart that you want to copy and then press CTRL + C on the keyboard to copy the chart. After that, press CTRL + V to paste the chart.
Now, you can go ahead and change the dimensions and measures of the second (and also the chart time), but one at a time. You should have a same sized different chart now.
The reason why I said to do it one at a time is because you will lose the chart if you remove all the dimensions and measures.
II) Making Similar Sized KPI Boxes
Now this is a little bit more trickier. Let’s say I use the same CTRL + C, CTRL + V to copy paste the textbox.
Now when I try to change the measure, notice how I can’t just replace the existing measure with the new one. I tried putting it on the card as well as on the Fields section. And when I try to remove the measure from the Fields, the entire card disappears.
To get this to work, first change the chart type to something else, say a pie chart. Then drag and drop the new measure into the Values section. Make sure to remove the old measure and then revert back to the card visualization. Voila, now you have two KPI boxes of the same size.
Now that you know this trick, go forth and make some pretty dashboards in Power BI!
You can also make some cool indicators on your KPI box with this trick that I showed in a previous post.
Note : Created using Power BI Desktop version listed below