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How to significantly improve performance - Disable background refresh

Problem:

You  are working with Power BI and it takes ages to manually refresh your dataset.

Solution:

Set Background Data to False.

Explanation:

When you allow data preview to download on background then each time you Refresh model also all previews are  refreshed which is in most cases pointless. You usually work with few queries in Power query which you can refresh manually in Power query.

More on the topic:

https://www.thebiccountant.com/speedperformance-aspects/