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Power BI folder connector sees only desktop folders

Hi everyone,

I'm experiencing a weird issue with Power BI desktop and seems like no one else is experiencing the same.

In few words, when I select "Get Data" then "Folder" and browse for the location it only sees folders in Desktop instead of giving me access to full PC.




I already tried to uninstall Power BI and install it from Microsoft Store.


Might be something on my PC, any hints?




New Member

Found this from an old post...seems to have fixed the problem for me.


OneDrive seems to be the culprit. The workaround is to stop syncing your Desktop folder with OneDrive.


Important: Before proceeding, copy the files in those special folders to another folder or external drive. Please don’t copy them anywhere under Desktop/Documents/Pictures. This is because disabling OneDrive backup for a folder erases the local copies of the files. Copying them to a different location beforehand will ensure that you don’t need to download them again from the OneDrive cloud.


  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notification area and click Settings.

  2. Select the Backup tab, and click Manage Backup

  3. In the Manage folder backup dialog, click on the Stop backup link for "Desktop"

  4. Click Stop backup in the confirmation dialog that appears.

Sorry it didn't work either.

Tried to stop and even exit from OneDrive but I still can see only Desktop folder.


Thanks anyway

Super User
Super User

@framico , Open by using right click - Run as Administrator and check

Didn't work.


And if you're not the administrator?

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