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How to Build a Killer Power BI External Toolbar

One of the best features in Power BI is the configurable External Toolbar. However, if they take advantage of it at all, most users have only a few popular external tools on their toolbar such as DAX Studio and Tabular Editor. This is surprising since the toolbar allows you to do SO much more – adding executable files, Power BI templates, reference documents, web tools, etc. – literally anything that you want accessible with a single click from within Power BI to assist your report development and optimization.

In this Fabric User Group session (formerly Portland Power BI User Group), Brian Julius will show you how to build a toolbar and demonstrate some lesser known but outstanding external tools that dramatically speed, simplify and/or improve the Power BI development experience (many of them available for free!).

About the Speaker

Brian Julius is the Chief Content Officer for Enterprise DNA, responsible for overseeing the creation of all free and member-only technical content, as well as serving as an instructor and content creator himself. He posts daily on his popular LinkedIn feed, focusing primarily on Power BI and R technical tips as well as career tips for Data Analysts and Data Scientists. Prior to that, Brian worked for over 30 years for the federal government in a variety of technical data-driven roles including Economist, testifying Expert Witness in Federal environmental damages actions, and Data Analyst, as well as a number of senior management positions overseeing data- and-financial[1]related operations. Prior to retiring from federal service in 2021, he served as the Project Manager for his agency’s first large-scale implementation of Power BI. Brian lives in Washington, DC with his wife Sue and two charming, but ill-behaved cats who often can be seen and heard interrupting his YouTube videos.

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