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Eric Regular Visitor
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Excel Connect to PowerBi Data Converts Dates to Text

I'm connecting to PowerBi data using the Analyze in Excel add-in but when I add Dates to a PivotTable they show up as text even though they are clearly defined as dates in PowerBi.  Anyone know how to overcome this issue?

 

I am not adding the data to the data model and I am not using PowerPivot.  I am simply connecting to the OLAP data using the PowerBi add-in for Excel.

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Moderator v-sihou-msft
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Re: Excel Connect to PowerBi Data Converts Dates to Text

@Eric

 

By default, all dates will be evaluated as text when "connect live" to OLAP data source. 

 

Are you connecting OLAP source with live connection from Power BI? Can you share some screenshots?

 

Regards,

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Moderator v-sihou-msft
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Re: Excel Connect to PowerBi Data Converts Dates to Text

@Eric

 

By default, all dates will be evaluated as text when "connect live" to OLAP data source. 

 

Are you connecting OLAP source with live connection from Power BI? Can you share some screenshots?

 

Regards,

Eric Regular Visitor
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Re: Excel Connect to PowerBi Data Converts Dates to Text

Simon, thanks for the response.  Yes, I am connecting live to the PowerBI service (OLAP) which dramatically streamlines my Excel models and makes them much more responsive than having huge datasets in the Excel data model. 

 

But, the date conversion issue is a real nuisance.  To me, it makes absolutely no sense for dates to be converted to text by default.  Can this be changed?  Is there a switch setting somewhere to override the default setting?

 

Best regards,

 

Eric

 

Wil Visitor
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Re: Excel Connect to PowerBi Data Converts Dates to Text

Hi Simon,

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Is this problem going to be fixed?

 

Is there any workaround?

 

Thanks