I have been working with SharePoint a lot these days. A LOT!!!
One thing that frustrates me all the time is that there is no easy way to connect to a single SharePoint file from Power Query. Until now, that is.
The other day I learned a handy little trick from Jo (my beautiful and insanely talented wife). So here we go.
Problem: Power Query doesn’t recognize SharePoint file paths
I have a file in SharePoint (as shown below) and want to link it to Power Query (either in Excel or in Power BI).
When I use the Share > Copy Link approach I can’t get the file to open thru Power Query. You can see the Unable to Connect error message when I try this option below:
Old Solution – Long and tedious
So the normal fix for this has been,
- Open a SharePoint Folder connection
- In Power Query filter down to the single file I need
- Apply any transformations
- Finally load
New Solution – Short & Sweet
So this is the trick Jo told me.
- Click on the ? (three dots menu) next to your file in SharePoint
- Go to Details
- This opens a panel on the right-hand side of the screen
- Scroll down and locate the “path” and copy the path
- Now use this path in Power Query (from web option)
- BOOM! You get the data straight away.
Here is a quick demo of the solution:
Learn more about Power Query…
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