Using the Power BI template: A step-by-step guide
A quick and simple 5-step guide to using our Power BI template.
Use the following steps to easily leverage our template and create your own dashboards.
​Download the template. You will need to update to the July 2021 version of Power BI to download. If you have an older version, contact your IT to upgrade your installation.

Step 1: Set up

Step 2: Visualize data

  • Replace values in chart(s)
  • Replace values in table(s)
    • Remember: you must have a table of data, and preferably a text equivalent of the data viz
  • Update titles ​
  • Turn off interactions​
  • Review formatting guidance​

Step 3: Accessibility updates

Step 4: Mobile view

  • Duplicate tab
  • Resize visuals and re-size page
  • Order visuals in tab order, confirm filters appear before the visuals that they filter
    • Shorter table
    • If you are using toggles, reformat to show all data without toggles on mobile view

Step 5: Clean up and check your work

  • Remove spacers
  • Delete all mock data tables, apply changes, and verify nothing is broken.
  • Name tabs desktop and mobile
  • Complete developer checklist
    • Verify Alt text (click every visual/textbox -> format -> expand general -> inspect alt text)
    • Verify tab order is correct (click outside dashboard and use tab key)
  • Publish to Power BI Online
  • Use screen reader to verify alt text
  • Publish to web

Converting a pre-existing file to the template

If you have a pre-existing Power BI dashboard you'd like to convert to this template, you have options. You can build within the template. In that case, you will just have to re-create your data model within this file. The easiest way to do this is to copy and paste each query code from the advanced editor and recreate your measures. Then just follow the same steps above.
If your pre-existing file is very complex, you can convert a file to this template using the steps below.
  • Open pre-existing dashboard
  • Add new tab
  • Re-size new blank page to width = 700, height = 800
  • Copy/paste visuals from template file. Or, add new visuals
    • DO NOT copy or use any of the pre-existing visuals
  • Complete all design and accessibility steps above
  • Complete checklist
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Step 1: Set up
Step 2: Visualize data
Step 3: Accessibility updates
Step 4: Mobile view
Step 5: Clean up and check your work
Converting a pre-existing file to the template