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Best practice: Align objects on your dashboards

You may create the coolest data models and measure in the world but if they end up looking weird and misplaced on the dashboards, your users will likely not enjoy working with them anyway. To assist with properly aligning objects on your dashboards, it is quite useful to use gridlines and formatting tools.

Let’s say you have two cards on your dashboard that you want to have aligned and make them the same size. There are several tools you can use to achieve this.

Expand or collapse

Expanding and collapsing is my favorite way of changing size and position of objects in relation to others. In newer versions of Power BI Desktop, you do not need to enable any special options and red guiding lines will show up then your objects are aligned with each other.

This is also useful when aligning to the center of other objects.


Using the built in Align function, it is possible to align two or more objects. Aligning left for example moves all selected objects so their left sides are aligned with the leftmost object that is selected. In other words, the leftmost object therefore always stays in the same position are the others move in relation to it.


The Distribute function creates equal spacing between three or more selected objects. It can be used either horizontally or vertically.


Aligning objects on dashboards using the three mentioned tools is very simple and creates better visual experience for users.