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andywil456 Regular Visitor
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Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

I'm trying to get data from an Excel spreadsheet stored on SharePoint.  

I have tried doing this by the URL path but it cannot find at file level. The only way that seems to work, is  to download the files into my documents and then uplaod into Power BI. As i will be doing this on a weekly basis this is not ideal.

 

Thanks 

 

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Moderator v-yuezhe-msft
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Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

Hi @andywil456,

You can import data from Excel stored in SharePoint to Power BI Desktop by using “Get Data>Web” option as follows.
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Based on my test, it works as expected when I enter the URL of Excel file via the option, data is imported successfully to Power BI Desktop.


Thanks,
Lydia Zhang

Community Support Team _ Lydia Zhang
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Super User
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Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

I wrote this a couple of years ago, but I assume it is still relevant and works with Power BI 

http://exceleratorbi.com.au/consolidate-multiple-excel-files-in-sharepoint-using-powerquery/

 

I thought there was also a new SharePoint connector too.



* Matt is a Microsoft MVP (Power BI) and author of the Power BI Book Supercharge Power BI.
Moderator v-yuezhe-msft
Moderator

Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

Hi @andywil456,

You can import data from Excel stored in SharePoint to Power BI Desktop by using “Get Data>Web” option as follows.
Capture.JPG

Capture.JPG

Based on my test, it works as expected when I enter the URL of Excel file via the option, data is imported successfully to Power BI Desktop.


Thanks,
Lydia Zhang

Community Support Team _ Lydia Zhang
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.
kaka Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

Hi @v-yuezhe-msft

 

May I know where exactly did you get the URL from?  I have created a web page which contains an excel file and I am using the Web data source just like the way you are dping but I don't know which URL to put and where to get it from. 

luvallar Frequent Visitor
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Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

Go on your sharepoint
Open the excel file with excel (desktop, not online)
It'll show a pop up with the path (but you won't be able to copy and paste)
So, once Excel is opened:
Click on File
INFO
(bottom right corner) right click on OpenFileLocation
Copy link
then paste it in powerbi AND

add "/nameOftheFile.xlsx"

luvallar Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

Go on your sharepoint
Open the excel file with excel (desktop, not online)
It'll show a pop up with the path (but you won't be able to copy and paste)
So, once Excel is opened:
Click on File
INFO
(bottom right corner) right click on OpenFileLocation
Copy link
then paste it in powerbi AND

add "/nameOftheFile.xlsx"

 

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dparkinson Regular Visitor
Regular Visitor

Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

This worked, thanks.  But now I'm trying to publish to web, I'm getting a failure of credentials.  Any ideas how to get that working?  Many thanks, D.

anilreddy128 Frequent Visitor
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Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

I needed to do one more step.

Remove "Forms/AllItems.aspx​"

Then I appended my file name.

It worked for me after doing above steps along with the steps mentioned in your post.

Belgy23 Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

I found this method the easier when pulling tables off a XLS into powerbi if i'm not manipulating data from multiple XLS files from a sharepoint folder.

 

It's easier to use this Web method then Sharepoint Folder option within PowerBi Desktop (by FAR) which is very cumbersome.

AnthonyB Frequent Visitor
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Re: Import Data from an Excel sheet in SharePoint

This entire post thread needs to be consolidated and documented in the official Power BI documentation site.

 

It is SO HARD to work this out from within Power BI Desktop and I only do it a few times a year and I STILL forget the process at times!