A while ago I wrote a blog post about Power BI Publisher for Excel. Today I want to explain some new features added to the publisher. In this post you learn how to analyse Power BI data in Excel. Using the new Power BI Publisher for Excel, not only can we pin an Excel range or chart to a Power BI dashboard directly from Excel, but also we are now able to easily connect to a Power BI service, select any group workspaces and analyse a desired report or dataset.
- Desktop versions of Microsoft Excel 2007 and later
- Download and install Power BI Publisher for Excel
- Power BI Publisher for Excel add-in will be enabled by default after you install it, however, if you don’t see the “Power BI” tab in the ribbon in Excel you can enable it from File –> Options –> Add-ins –> COM Add-ins –> tick Microsoft Publisher for Excel.
Connect to and Analyse Power BI Data in Excel
Analyse Power BI Service Reports or Datasets in Excel (From Power BI Service)
Previously we could analyse Power BI data in Excel directly from Power BI service by:
- Log in to Power BI Service
- Clicking ellipsis button of a desired dataset and clicking “Analyse in Excel”
- Clicking ellipsis button of a desired report and clicking “Analyse in Excel”
- Doing either way, it downloads an “odc” file that could be opened in Excel.
- Now you can analyse the data in Excel using pivot tables and pivot charts.