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Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi

I have .xls files emailed to me. When I open the file it comes with this error: "external table is not in the expected format".

If I save file as .xlsx then I can open it.

I cannot always manually change the format to .xlsx. if this can be automated that would solve my issue.

Any help is appreciated
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Re: Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi @EXCHD ,

I have a little confused about your requirement.

If you want to get data from .xls file. You could refer to the information below.

1. In Power BI (service), you can connect to or import data and reports from three types of files.

  • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx or .xlsm)
  • Power BI Desktop (.pbix)
  • Comma Separated Value (.csv)

2. While Power Bi desktop do support to import .xls file type, we could also manage report under Power Bi desktop.

Best Regards,

Cherry

 

Community Support Team _ Cherry Gao
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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Re: Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi,

The file extension is .xls. when I ve looked closer I have found that the format is .html with .xls extension.

I was able to open to file with PBI.

View solution in original post

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Resident Rockstar

Re: Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi @EXCHD ,

I have a little confused about your requirement.

If you want to get data from .xls file. You could refer to the information below.

1. In Power BI (service), you can connect to or import data and reports from three types of files.

  • Microsoft Excel (.xlsx or .xlsm)
  • Power BI Desktop (.pbix)
  • Comma Separated Value (.csv)

2. While Power Bi desktop do support to import .xls file type, we could also manage report under Power Bi desktop.

Best Regards,

Cherry

 

Community Support Team _ Cherry Gao
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

View solution in original post

Highlighted
Frequent Visitor

Re: Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi,

The file extension is .xls. when I ve looked closer I have found that the format is .html with .xls extension.

I was able to open to file with PBI.

View solution in original post

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Resident Rockstar
Resident Rockstar

Re: Cannot open .xls by power bi

Hi @EXCHD,

It seems that you have found the solution. I will accept the replies making sense as solution to your question so that people who may have the same question can get the solution directly.

Best  Regards,

Cherry

 

Community Support Team _ Cherry Gao
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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