Creating reports in Power BI is a beautiful, artistic, and fun experience. Until you get obsessed over how your report looks and what more visuals you can place.
Power BI templates are based on existing report templates which you can use to jump-start your reports. Templates are also a good way to standardize your reports.
A Power BI report template (or report layout, as others call it) contains:
- Report pages and visuals
- Schema, relationships, measures, and other data model definition
- Queries, query parameters, and other query elements
In short, a template has all the elements of the existing template except for the report’s data.
Under the hood, a report layout is a PBIT file compared to the PBIX file of a Power BI Desktop report which contains data.
Although you can create reports in Power BI Service, you can only import/export Power BI templates in Power BI Desktop.