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Connecting to Dataflows via DirectQuery from PBI Desktop

Hi guys,


Is there any steps to connect to PBI Dataflows via Direct Query?

I have the following settings configured (enhanced compute engine settings) in the Dataflows, but how do I connect to it without importing my Dataflows into PBI Desktop?

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Hi @amitchandak ,


Thanks. But can you show me from PBI Desktop, how to connect to it? using direct query to connect to pbi dataflows.

All the 3 links you've provided did not mention or show connecting from pbi desktop.


It was preview feature in May Desktop release:

As per the second link that @amitchandak has already posted, you need to enable it first in the Power BI Service with PREMIUM capacity, then it should be available in Desktop:

What license do you have for Power BI?



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Hi @AllisonKennedy 


I'm having premium workspace. And I've done the configuration.




I open my power bi desktop, but i don't see the direct query to pbi dataflows. Can you screenshot to me? 


@snowrider1799 there are few more steps you need to make sure to do before using Dataflow with DQ:


- after you turned on Enhanced Metadata on dataflow, you need to refresh the dataflow.

- also make sure  "store dataset in enhanced metadata format" is turned off:




and you will get the option to use DQ or Import




Keep in mind this all is in Preview mode and will change with time.



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