Power BI Visual Spacing Calculator

Setting whitespace between visualizations in Power BI becomes quick and easy with our dashboard spacing calculator. Enter in the size of your canvas, how much padding you want around the canvas, desired spacing between visual, the add the dimensions of each visual. The calculator will return the starting value for the x or y coordinates to ensure the appropriate spacing for white space.

How to use the calculator

  • Canvas Dimension – The total Width or Height of the Canvas
  • Canvas Padding – White space on the outside of the Canvas. Offset of where the first visual begins.
  • Space Between Visuals – Fixed number of pixels between visuals to define white space
  • Width of Visualization – Could also be height of visual. Used to calculate distance to next white space

Add another visualization to enter in new width or height to calculate the next starting point.

Power BI Canvas Spacing Calculator

All measurements in pixels (px)

Canvas padding is optional and if no value is entered will default to zero.

If no spacing is defined the calculator will return the equal distance between visuals.

White Space in Power BI

White space in Power BI dashboards is an essential design element that significantly enhances user experience and readability. Well-implemented white space separates different sections of a dashboard, making it easier for viewers to process the information presented.

How to Implement White Space:

  • Add padding around visuals for clear separation.
  • Use padding around the edges of the canvas to frame charts, graphs and other visuals

Importance of Equal Spacing

Equal spacing between visual elements contributes to a balanced and organized layout. It makes the dashboard visually appealing, easier to navigate, and look more professional. While Power BI has some options under the Format, Align settings in the report ribbon to set alignment and equally distribute visuals in a dashboard it’s not supe practical when you have multiple rows or columns of visuals or want to maintain design continuity between reporting tabs.

Adjusting Canvas Size in Power BI

The canvas size can be customized to better fit your visuals and make optimal use of available screen real estate. Adjusting this size can have a significant impact on your dashboard’s appearance and usability.

How to Adjust Canvas Size:

  • De-select any visual, click on the canvas or white space.
  • Navigate to Visualizations Panel, Format Page, Canvas Settings
  • Change Canvas Settings to Custom to manually update Height and Width or select an aspect ratio.
Example of how to change canvas size in Power BI using Canvas Settings

Aligning Visuals for Professional Appearance

Lining up visuals accurately contributes to a cleaner and more professional look for your dashboard. Power BI provides gridlines that can be enabled but will often snap visuals where you don’t want them. The best method is to define a specific visual position.

How to Set Visual Positions:

  • Select a visual you want to align.
  • Navigate to the Visualizations Panel, Properties, and Position
  • Adjust the starting horizontal or vertical pixel location.
Example of how to set a visual height, width or horizontal and vertical position in Power BI

This same panel can define the height and width of each visualization at the pixel level.

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