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Need help!....Accessing a data source file of Power BI dashboard

I am using Power BI at work. A Power BI dashboard was created by an user and now I got control over the dashboard. However, the source data excel file for Power BI dashboard is still not accessible and it is routing to the system where other user works. Due to this, I am unable to make changes to Power BI dashboard as source data file is unavailable in my system.  We tried sharing the file by email, Teams, Sharepoint, yet when I make changes to data , it is not reflecting on the dashboard. We observed that the user who created dashboard, when he made changes to data in his system, the changes were reflecting. 


I am wondering how we could resolve this issue as I cannot keep bugging my colleague to make changes in the file to refelct on Power BI dashboard.

Any suggestion on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi @VijayanandN 


It seems that you are working on a copy of the data, that's why the changes are not showing.


I would start a new.


  • Save the Excel on a Shared SharePoint Site online
  • When you do this, open the Excel online from SharePoint and then choose open in Desktop App
  • In Excel desktop, click on file
  • You will see the last opened Excel files, locate the currently opened file
  • Right click on this file and copy the path
  • Open the Web connector in Power Bi desktop
  • Paste the URL path into the field and remove the ?web=1 part of the URL and press ok
  • The file will load into Power BI

I presume that there are transformations made in the original query, so we need to now just to change the source of teh original query. 


If there are no transformations made to the original Excel, please do the following


  • In the new query open Advanced Editor and copy all
  • in the old query open Advanced Editor and highlight all and replace with the query from the new query and press ok.

If there are transformations


  • Copy the Source part of the new query should look like this 


    Source = Excel.Workbook(Web.Contents(""), null, true),​


  • Open the old query and replace the source line with the copied line.

hope this helps


Kind regards


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