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Advocate III
Advocate III

How to remove live connection from .pbix file ?



How we can remove live connection from .pbix file? 

I do not want to recreate entire report layout, but I need to change storage mode what is in use.  Is it even possible?

Please help.




Community Support
Community Support

Hi @karo 

Switching from Live connection to Import mode currently is not supported.

Your demand is a good idea, while it is not supported to implement in Power BI currently.
You can vote up this idea for this function:Support switching SSAS connect model from "Connect Live" to "Import"

Or you can submit a new idea to improve the Power BI.
It is a place for customers provide feedback about Microsoft Office products . What’s more, if a feedback is high voted there by other customers, it will be promising that Microsoft Product Team will take it into consideration when designing the next version in the future.


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Rico Zhou


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Super User I
Super User I

@karo , 

Try the below method using Powershell. It worked for me.




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Advocate I
Advocate I


1. If you are trying to change the same file type then you can follow the same.

    a) File-->Options and settings-->Data source settings

    b) Change Data source.-->select new source file


If data source are same data type.JPG


If you want to change the source different file type ( for eg: instead of excel file, an sql data needs to use)

1. Get Data-->select new source file

2. Go to advanced edit query-->Advanced Editor and Copy the M code

3. Paste this code to old file source file.


If data source are different data type.JPG









Super User II
Super User II

@karo Have you tried to change them to import using the storage mode?

Use storage mode in Power BI Desktop - Power BI | Microsoft Docs


Otherwise, it is possible to change out the connection in the Power Query Advanced Editor. I usually create a new table to the new source, then in advanced editor find the connection part. Now I go and replace the existing tables to the new connection in that part of their advanced editor code. 


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