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Advocate II
Advocate II

PBI Desktop last saved file not showing up in recent files after reboot



I'm I the only one for who the list of recent files is not showing all of the most recent files?

Frequently, when saving new files, when I come back in Power BI Desktop after a reboot or simply after closing the file, I can't see it in the list of recent files.  I have to find it in Windows File explorer to open it.

After a couple of times, it looks like PBI Desktop is finally acknowledging the file and shows it in recent files.


Any idea why the newer files aren't showing up?


P.S.: I have already checked the version and I have only one version of PBI Desktop installed.




Helper II
Helper II

I have this issue and it drives me crazy!!!   How can I find my recent files without having to search through windows expolorer?


Helper I
Helper I

Also having this issue, and only happpened after upgrading to a new lap top. Very frustrating to have to manually navigate to locations to find files I have been working on. 


I am having this same issue.  I just got a new work laptop and that "pin" feature from your recent files is no longer available like you can in excel and word...etc

Advocate II
Advocate II

Ok, there seems to be some confusion around what is the issue.


Let's say I download PBIX named 'A.pbix' from Power BI Service because I want to work on it.

I open the file in Power BI Desktop, do my modifications, then save it to a sharepoint online library.

Later that day, I go back into Power BI Desktop, I go in "File>Open Report" and I see my file named 'A.pbix'.


Then I go back into Power BI service and download another pbix, this one named 'B.pbix'.

I open it in Power BI Desktop, do some modifications then save it to a sharepoint online library.

Later that day, I go back into Power BI Desktop, in "File>Open Report" and all I see is my file named 'A.pbix' but no sign of file 'B.pbix'.  It may appear later, or never.  I don't know what's causing this behavior and it's really annoying because I always have to go through file explorer to open existing pbix files.

I was having this issue with Excel back when they changed the UI and I started using sharepoint libraries.  It was a mess.  Some files were there, some weren't.  I had to start pinning them so file I used frequently were at the top.


It might be the same bug here...  or not. 


Does that clarify the issue I have?

Hi there, there is no down loading a file, just opening it from onedrive and then saving it. A couple of files are now shown on the recent files list but the others which have been opened recently are not. Inconsistent at best. 

Hi, @FireFighter1017 

This is really weird.

You can open a support ticket with MSFT to check whether there is an issue.



Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Eason

Community Support
Community Support

Hi , @FireFighter1017 

If you can't find them in the navigation interface, you can go to 'File' ->'Open report'  to find the recently saved pbix file.




Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Eason

Please read my question again.

I know where to find recent files.  That is exactly the feature I'm targeting with this issue.

Continued Contributor
Continued Contributor

Maybe the recent list only refreshes when you open a file. Thus, saving a new one, even working on it for a while and resaving, does not help until you actually go and open it via Power BI.

I use git repo myself so I do not save ie. version numbers and thus do not run into this issue very often.

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