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Shamatix Post Patron
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Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Hello fellow users,


I am trying to convert a report from another BI product and I seriously cant figure out how I can make a link to a local file in power bi, I can find it for web urls.. but I want to press a link and open a file?

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Microsoft v-jiascu-msft
Microsoft

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

@Shamatix

 

Hi,

You can use “file” link type. It looks like this in the picture. This is latest feature in may edition. Please reference these two links to find more.

http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Can-not-hyperlink-to-file-in-computer/m-p/169095/highlight/t...

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/#urlTables

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Dale

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Shamatix Post Patron
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Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

@v-jiascu-msft

I tried doing that, and the links do become blue but I cant click em and open the file. I am using Power Bi Desktop.

Microsoft v-jiascu-msft
Microsoft

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

@Shamatix

 

Hi,

 

This feature isn't supported in Power BI desktop by far. Maybe it will be in the future. Here is cited from official blog:

If you want to use file URLs, there are some limitations. They will not open in the Power BI Desktop, only in web browsers. For most browsers, you will need to right click on the link, copy the link address, and paste the URL in a new tab.

Link: https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/#urlTables

 

Best regards!

Dale

Community Support Team _ Dale
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MikelPC
Frequent Visitor

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Hello, I've created an idea to support this feature improvement:

 

https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas/suggestions/33366481-open-local-files-file-di...

 

Months are passing, and there is no improvemnt on url features since May 2017. For me is an important feature that can make more powerful the power bi.

Cristian_Angyal Advocate III
Advocate III

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

It's' working for me as FILE.

Make sure to replace in Power Query every "\" with "/" and every " "(space) with "%20"

Thanks.

 

 

vasanthilatha
Regular Visitor

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Hey, Is there any update available where by click on the local folder link it shoul open it inthe browser automatically??

cnschulz Helper III
Helper III

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Gday, 

 

For me, this works in ie but not in chrome. Im using file://xx.xx.com.au/file.tif style links.

 

NelsonCastillo
Frequent Visitor

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

thanks a lot for this alternative

NelsonCastillo
Frequent Visitor

Re: Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Hi Cristian, is not working for me

 

I replace in "\" with "/" and every " "(space) with "%20",

 

An example:

 

file://D:/Dropbox/CONTACTOS%20&%20CLIENTES/CENACE/Reglamento%20interno%20GRUPO%20CENACE%20COLABORATIVA%20.pdf

 

nothing happens in chrome or edge nor in desktop

 

I obtained the file download option only, pasting the path like url

 

Thanks for your help

 

byebye

 

 

 

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