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Get Data (Excel) From a folder

Morning everybody!
Refer to the subject, i don't really know how to get data (efficient way) from a folder. Below i will give an example;



First step.



This is the location of the file. This file i named it "ACTUAL".



So as we can see, this show that it get all the files inside the folder right?



So here is the real problem. At the drop down menu, do i need to choose one-by-one of the files to load it? because when i try click at "first file Y20M20", it only load that file. What i really want is it can load & combine all of the files. The column name for all the files is exactly same.


So is there any way that i can try?



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Hi @New_be 


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Super User IV
Super User IV
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Hi New_be,


I usually select Transform Data from the dialog.


In the Query Editor, I then click on the Combine Files at the column header of the Content Column.

So far I didn't have issue using this approach.


Hope that helps.



Jeff Ong

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Community Support

Hi @New_be ,


The file you will choose behind "Sample File" is used to determine the correct file format to use, such as text, Excel workbook, or JSON file. And you don't need to choose one-by-one of the files to load it , just click option "Combine & Transform Data ".


To combine binary files in Power Query Editor, select Content (the first column label) and select Home > Combine Files. Or you can just select the Combine Files icon next to Content.

combine-files in folder.png

For reference:


Combine files (binaries) in Power BI Desktop


Best Regards,



Community Support Team _ Amy

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