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LGXSteve Frequent Visitor
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How to read data from a worksheet in an open file

I have created a Power BI Desktop report that reads data from an Excel spreadsheet, which works just fine if the spreadsheet is not open already. I can accept that if I connect to an opened document the best I could ever do is read the saved version (like a Read Only copy), which would be fine. How can I do this though?


I had the same problem using PowerPivot in Excel, but got round this by writing some VBA that copied the file to a temporary copy, then read that. That worked fine, but I don't think I can do the same with Power BI Desktop.


Any thoughts?



Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: How to read data from a worksheet in an open file

Hi @LGXSteve,


Based on test, currently power bi not support use "live connection" mode to connect excel file.
For your requirement, you can post this to idea.



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