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## Getting PowerBI to show current excel function that uses today() expression

My PowerBI pulls from about 8 excel files. One of the things it returns is the name of someone assigned to a certain date range. This comes from an excel sheet where names are assigned to weeks and I use the today() expression within lookup to display the name assigned to that week. While PowerBI refreshes, it is still pulling the old name based on the last time the excel sheet was saved. If I open the excel sheet and save it, PowerBi then pulls the right name. Is there a way I can get PowerBI to update the excel sheet automatically? Do I need to use PowerAutomate to open/save/close the sheet daily?

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Super User

I'd probably do something like:

``````Current Primary =
CALCULATE (
SELECTEDVALUE( Assignment[Primary Individual] ),
Assignment[Date Start] <= TODAY(),
Assignment[Date End] >= TODAY()
)``````

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New Member

Thats it! Thanks @bcdobbs !!

Super User

I'm sure you could use power automate

to recalculate a sheet.

If I were you though I'd pull the raw data table in and write a measure to reproduce the logic inside power bi.

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New Member

That makes sense to just have it look it up within PowerBI... Thanks! I'm not great with DAX, can you help with the equation? in Excel it's
=LOOKUP(2,1/(\$A\$29:\$A\$34<=TODAY())/(\$B\$29:\$B\$34>=TODAY()),\$C\$29:\$C\$34)

Within PowerBI, would it be a "lookupvalue" function?

Super User

Hi,

Share some data, describe the question and show the expected result.

Regards,
Ashish Mathur
http://www.ashishmathur.com
Super User

I'd probably do something like:

``````Current Primary =
CALCULATE (
SELECTEDVALUE( Assignment[Primary Individual] ),
Assignment[Date Start] <= TODAY(),
Assignment[Date End] >= TODAY()
)``````

Ben Dobbs

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Super User

That creates a measure which would display todays primary. If that's all you need then just drop it in a card visual.

If you have more complicate needs downstream of that then give some details.

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