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csv data - not recognising first line as file names.

I am using a number of CSV files as a data source.  Mostly this is fine but there are a couple of files where Power BI does not recognise that the first line contains the field names.  


So when I look at the column names for those files they are displayed as Column1, Column 2 etc instead of the field names.


If I use Excel or Notepad to open the files it is absolutely fine.  I simply cannot detect any problem with these files.

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This happens to me all the time. When you import it using powerquery, click on the button that says "Use First Row As Headers". Should fix it. 





My home tab does not show the "set first row as headers" option


Hi @PaulBoyes,

Could you please share sample data of the problem CSV file? And we need to know what is the connection string in your Advanced editor.

Based on my test, Power BI will add "Promoted Headers" in Advanced editor when you import CSV file which contains field names, below is an example for your reference.

    Source = Csv.Document(File.Contents("C: \Sparkline-excel.csv"),[Delimiter=",", Columns=2, Encoding=1252, QuoteStyle=QuoteStyle.None]),
    #"Promoted Headers" = Table.PromoteHeaders(Source),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(#"Promoted Headers",{{"Category ", type text}, {"value", Int64.Type}})
    #"Changed Type"

And in your scenario, you can use the first row as headers to work around this issue.

Lydia Zhang

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