Power BI Custom Visuals Class (Module 29 – Dial Gauge)

In this module you will learn how to use the Dial Gauge Power BI Custom Visual.  While the usefulness of gauges on a dashboard is often debated, this module will show you how to configure one using Power BI.

Module 29 – Dial Gauge


Key Takeaways

  • The effectiveness of gauges on dashboards is an often debated topic.
  • The Dial Gauge is completely data driven. Which means not only must your measure (drives the needle) come from a dataset but also the different thresholds ranges must come from your dataset too.
  • There are no specific Format settings for the Dial Gauge, which does limit you a bit with what you can do with this gauge.


This Dial Gauge shows sales performance.

  • Again under the Format paintbrush there are no specific settings for the Dial Gauge but you will have a set of settings that appears on every visual to adjust the background color, add a border around the visual and lock the aspect ratio.

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  1. Hi,

    Thanks for explaining the ranges really well. I am not sure if this is the right forum, but there are numerous issues with the gauges and tachometer custom visuals in Power BI.

    While the gauge is very flexible with ranges, it has the following issues:
    1. The percentage should be an optional field (if there is no meaningful percentage to show or more so when my actual value itself is a percentage the bottom percentage should have the option f being hidden)
    2. The gauge does not scale well. As you mentioned having gauges on a dashboard is debatable. Gauges are essentially KPI indicators – they need to occupy very little space on the dashboards and hence need to scale down well (the actual value tends to disappear when size of gauge visual is reduced)
    3. The visual is not centrally aligned to its visual wrapper

    I have conveyed this as feedback to the developers, and keep hoping that these and other improvements come soon (or some one else comes up with a more polished visual for a gauge).

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