I am fortunate to work across multiple Power BI Tenants, in some cases I have a local account and in other instances I work as an External Guest user.

The first thing that I noticed when logging in is that there is an updated look for External Users who have had Apps, Reports or Dashboards.

I have found that this makes it a lot easier to find what I am looking for.

I can also click on Shared with me if a report or dashboard was shared with me (I recommend doing this via an App)

And finally, I can now click on My Apps to see the various apps

I found out something else, which I alluded to in my blog post name, in that I found a way where I can get to see the navigation pane when I am an External User in the Guest Tenant.

This is what it looks like with the Navigation Pane.

These were the steps that I followed to get this working below. The trick was to grant the external guest user access to an App Workspace.

  • I first made sure that I had enabled “Allow Azure Active Directory guest users to edit and manage contnt in the organization”.
  • I made sure to only include the relevant AAD Security Group
  • Next, I then went to my App Workspace where I wanted to grant the external guest user access.
    • I gave them the permission of Member or Admin
  • Once the above steps were completed, I got the URL for my Power BI Tenant and logged in as an External Guest user
  • I could then see the navigation pane!


In this blog post I have shown the updates for External Guest users and how to enable the navigation pane.

I sure had fun finding this out. If there are any questions, please let me know and I would be happy to assist.