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Formula Firewall Query References Other Queries or Steps

Hi all,

I am getting this error message:
Formula Firewall Query References Other Queries or Steps.

I am getting the filepath and filename as Named Ranges from the Excel Workbook

filepath : \\corp\entity1\dept\entity2\finance\revenue\team\estimate\11-Nov\

filename : revenue_week 11132022.xlsx

I then reference the parameters in a staging query based on this post from Ken Puls
But now the staging query is giving the same Formula Firewall error, even though it is only 5 lines to get the file and the sheet.

How can I beat the formula firewall error message?



Community Support
Community Support

Hi @UncleLewis 


You may try: 

Going to: Options --> CURRENT FILE --> Privacy then setting the Privacy Level to "ignore the privacy levels and potentailly improve performance". For some people, this did the trick. 

Re: Formula.Firewall: Query references other queri... - Page 3 - Microsoft Power BI Community


Another blog that may be helpful: Chris Webb's BI Blog: Data Privacy Settings In Power BI/Power Query, Part 3: The Formula.Firewall Er...


Best Regards,
Community Support Team _ Jing
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