Use ‘report page tooltips’ to provide details

With the August release of Power BI Desktop, the 'report page tooltips' are now available to all users, including the users of Power BI Report Server.

Zebra BI visuals for Power BI have been upgraded accordingly to deliver this really nice feature.

Here's an animated example, how you can leverage the report page tooltips to display additional information when a user hovers with his mouse over a specific data category:

Before we provide the cookbook recipe on how to implement this in practice, please make sure you are:

  • using at least the August update of Power BI Desktop and that
  • you have updated your Zebra BI visuals to version 2.0

How to set up the report page tooltips

Firstly, you have to enable the Report page tooltips feature in your Power BI Desktop, as this is still considered a 'preview' feature.

In your Power BI Desktop, go to File >> Options and settings >> Options:

Next, navigate to Preview features and tick the Report page tooltips checkbox:

Your Power BI Desktop is now ready to display report page tooltips, so it's time you set up your very first one! 🙂

To set up a report page tooltip, you have to add a page to your Power BI report that will serve as a tooltip to a visual in another page.

Add a page in your report, add visuals that you want to display in the tooltip and then (important!) in the page settings under Page Information turn on the Tooltip switch:

Awesome, you now have a nice tooltip set up, so it's time to link it to a visual in your report.

Navigate to a page where you'd like to display the tooltip and select your visual. Select the Format settings, under Tooltip, set the Type to 'Report page' and under Page select the name of your newly created tooltip page:


This visual will now display the tooltip when the user hovers with his mouse over the values in the visual. The data category serves as the filter to the tooltip, thus displaying further details for the selected category in the tooltip: