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Scottish Summit 2021 – Getting the most out of it

Scottish Summit is just around the corner. But how do you get the most out of the 365 sessions that will be on? Here’s a little guide.

Signing up for the event
Signing up to the Scottish Summit

From the home page at you need to head to “Watch Live”

Scottish Summit Home Page

You’ll then be prompted to choose a password if you’ve not done so already. You’re now in the hub of the event.

Signing up for a session
  • Head to the Schedule
  • Go to the Gallery view
  • Select the date you are interested in
  • Hit the filter buttons
  • DESELECT Show All
  • Select the track you are interested in – I chose Power Apps
  • Select the session
  • Add to your schedule

I’m presenting with Pieter Veenstra at 11:00 am in Prestwick on Lessons Learned from Teaching Children. A direct link to the session can be found here

If you would like to learn more about Power Apps – why not head to the Free courses at – we have courses for children and for adults. Hope to see you there some time.

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Power BI Buttons with Pop โœจ – Aka Unicode and Unichar

Did you know that the human brain processes images up to 60,000 times quicker than text? I haven’t been using Power BI for a little, but it occured to me that it would be nice to have Buttons that were a little more visually appealing. Maybe the ๐Ÿ“Œor ๐Ÿ“† icons could come in handy? This post shows you how simply you can do this using unicode.

Whilst the above statistic can be disputed it is undoubtedly the case that it’s quicker and the investement of companies into logos of all shapes and sizes suggests that there is an economic value to logos. Check out some stats here

Best Brand Logos Images With Names Collections | Logo images, Logo ...

Unicode provides us with a massive catalogue of 1600 or so images that we can use in our Power BI reports AND our apps. So let’s consider the steps required for them to work in Power BI and apply it to a button

  1. Create a Measure
  2. Add the following to the measure
Txt Filters Navigation = "Filters "&Unichar("128505") --This is a checkbox

3. Create a button
4. Go to the text properties of the button

5. Hit the fx
6. Select the measure you just created

7. Save and close
8. Go to the Action property of the visual, Select Page Navigation and Select the page required
8. That’s it – you’re done!

The image portfolio is very significant and well worth a review. I have catalogued them at the end of this post and down below is another example, this time showing a colour version

Good luck๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Office 365 and Power Platform Learning Links

Microsoft Power Platform

Here are a series of links that will help you to be successful with the platform.

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