First question, why bother with layouts?
Using layouts in Power BI allows a user to make their visuals stand out better, the page looks professional and more appealing to its audience.
Second question, why PowerPoint?
The default page size in Power BI desktop is 16:9, (this trick doesn’t work for other Power BI page sizes), which is identical to a PowerPoint slide.
Therefore whatever is designed in PowerPoint will fit onto a Power BI page perfectly. Also PowerPoint is very easy to use; most people are familiar with it.
You’ll need a Power BI dashboard that you want to add a layout to. I’ll be using a dashboard displaying data on the Premier League top 50 goals scorers.
To start the creation of a layout, open PowerPoint with a blank side and add a rectangle.
Next, add glow to the rectangle, glow is found in the drawing ribbon under shape effects.
Repeat the process of adding rectangles with glow and lay them out so the visuals will fit.
If there is an important visual that needs to be a certain size you can find the size of the visual in Power BI in pixels and tailor the rectangle size to your visual.
Unfortunately PowerPoint displays sizes in cm so the numbers will need converting.
I use the following – https://www.unitconverters.net/typography/pixel-x-to-centimeter.htm
Once happy with the layout, save the slide as a PNG file. Upload this as the background in Power BI by going to format then page background, then selecting your created PNG file.
There you go!! A Power BI dashboard with its own custom layout.