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Powerbi is not reading my xlsx file

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I have a folder with several excel files.  I connected to the folder to read the "latest" file but I notice that the table is empty aka powerbi does not retrieve any rows.  When I open the file, I see records in excel.  Any idea why powerbi does not return records.

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Even i am facing the same issue. I have aorund 200 excels connected through sharepoint folder. All file templates are same yet it powerbi is not reading 4 of those. It shows blank values and when filtered for non-blank 4 are filtered out. Not sure why

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You can just manually get the specified latest excel file.


The files in that folder must have the same schema (same number of columns, same datatype, etc.). For get data from folder check this blog:


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Hi @sujaynadkarni ,


It generally does not happen. But you can try these steps.


Option 1:

1. Try converting the portion you want to read to Tables in excel.

2. Close and save the file.

3. Try Get Data > From Excel.


Option 2:

1.Convert the file into CSV and then try reading it.



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Thank you.  The thing is I am pulling the data from a sharepoint folder and fetching the last file.  The odd thing is that powerbi shows data only when I open the excel and format the data as table.  Any idea on how I can automate this?

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