How to Increase the Vertical Orientation of Power BI Report Page

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By default, a Power BI report page canvas orientation has a size of 16:9. This can become challenging when you need to include more visuals or details in a single report page. Power BI has a way to re-configure the canvas settings of the page to allow it to have an increased Portrait Orientation depending on your requirement so that you can more space to add your visuals. Let's look at how this can be done in Power BI Desktop.


I understand that most Power BI developers already know how to configure this easily, but from experience I can guarantee you that not everyone knows how to do this, particularly those new to Power BI. Hence, I have put in a detailed step-by-step to configure this in Power BI Desktop as follows.

To demonstrate this, lets first look at the two diagrams below and understand what we are trying to achieve.

Default Power BI Desktop view.

The diagram above shows the default page view of a Power BI Desktop report. The canvas size for this default view is 16:9. So you would be limited in how much information/visuals you can add on this page.

There are options to change this view, but in this article, we are just interested in increasing the vertical orientation to ensure there is more space for more visuals. The diagram below shows what we are trying to achieve.

Power BI Desktop view with increased vertical orientation.

From the diagram above, you can now observe that on the right side of the page there is now a scroll bar to scroll to the bottom of the page vertically, thereby increasing the size of the page to allow for more visuals/information for this page.

So how was the increased portrait orientation achieved? Let's look at this step-by-step.

Step 1: Go to Format section within the Visualizations pane of the page as seen in the diagram below.

Format section in Visualisations pane in Power BI Desktop.

Step 2: Change the page canvas type to "Custom" as seen in diagram below.

Using the Custom Canvas Settings in Format section.

Step 3: Change the default Canvas Settings height from 720 px to a desired height. In this demo I have just multiplied the default value of 720 px by 2, you can always increase or decrease accordingly. See diagram below.

Increasing the Height of the Canvas Settings in Format section.

Step 4: Change the vertical alignment to "Middle". This just ensures the page is aligned to the middle of the page rather than to the top. This can be optional though. See diagram below.

Changing Vertical alignment of the Canvas Settings in Format section to Middle.

Your page orientation should now look like the diagram below.

Initial view of the canvas in Power BI Desktop after adjusting the canvas settings.

I can imagine someone saying that does not look like what we expect. Yes, you are right, there is still one more step left as detailed below.

Step 5: Change the Page View to either "Actual Size" or "Fit to Width". To do this, navigate to the "View" tab on the Power BI Desktop ribbon, then click on the drop-down on the "Page View" and then select which one suits your requirement best. That's all! See diagram below on how to do this.

How to configure page view to a desired vertical orientation.

Summary and Considerations

Note that this only affects the current page you have configured it on, if you need to have extended page size on other pages you might need to either duplicate this current page or configure it separately on the other pages as required.

Next Steps
  • Read more on applying page display settings in Power BI here.
  • You would also get additional information from this blog from DataVeld.
  • Try this tip out in your own data as business requires.

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MSSQLTips author Kenneth A. Omorodion Kenneth A. Omorodion is a Business Intelligence Developer with over eight years of experience. He holds both a bachelorís and masterís degree (Middlesex University in London). Kenneth has the MCSA, Microsoft Data Analyst - Power BI and Azure Fundamentals certifications. Kenneth is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and has delivered corporate training on Power BI, SQL Server, Excel and SSRS.

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Article Last Updated: 2022-06-23

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