Building Blocks of Power BI

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Building Blocks of Power BI

Everything you do in Power BI can be broken down into a few basic building blocks. Once you understand these building blocks, you can expand on each of them and begin creating elaborate and complex reports.

The basic building blocks in Power BI are the following

  • Datasets
  • Visualizations
  • Reports
  • Dashboards
  • Tiles


  • The source which we are connecting with Power Query we call it as Data Sources.
  • The transformed data source that we loaded to Power Pivot we call it as Datasets.
  • A dataset is a collection of data that Power BI uses to create its visualizations.


  • A visualization (sometimes also referred to as a visual) is a visual representation of data from the Datasets, such as a chart, a graph, a color-coded map.


  • In Power BI, a report is a collection of visualizations that appear together on one or more pages.


  • When you’re ready to share a single page from a report, or share a collection of visualizations, you create a dashboard.
  • Often, it’s a selected group of visuals that provide quick insight into the data or story you’re trying to present.
  • You can share dashboards with other users or groups, who can then interact with your dashboard when they’re in Power BI service or in Power BI Report Server or on their mobile device.


  • In Power BI, a tile is a single visualization found in a report or on a dashboard.
  • It’s the rectangular box that contains each individual visual.
  • When you’re creating a report or a dashboard in Power BI, you can move or arrange tiles however you want to present your information.
  • You can make them bigger, change their height or width, and snuggle them up to other tiles however you want.

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