Power BI Publisher for Excel

Publish Excel to Power BI

Update: Publish your Excel (O365) reports to Power BI Service

You can now publish your Excel reports to Power BI Service directly from Excel. You just need to:

  • Click “File” menu
  • Click “Publish”
  • Click “Publish to Power BI”
  • Select any desired workspace from the dropdown
  • Click “Upload”

Publishing Excel Reports to Power BI Service

You can then find the Excel workbook in the “Workbooks” section in the Power BI Service.

Opening Excel Workbook in Power BI Service

If you’re using the older versions of Excel then continue reading.

It’s been awhile that lots of Excel users were wondering if there is a way to include their Excel elements into Power BI dashboards. With Power BI Publisher for Excel you’re now able to publish snapshots on your important PivotTables, Charts, cell ranges etc. to your Power BI Dashboards. In this post you’ll learn how to get the job done.

How does Power BI Publisher for Excel works?

With the Power BI Publisher Excel you take snapshots of your important insights in Excel and Pin them in Power BI Dashboards.

You need to download and install the Power BI Publisher for Excel from here.

What Excel elements you can/cannot pin?

You can pin almost everything in your Excel worksheet including:

  • A range of cells (from a simple sheet, from a table or a pivot table)
  • Pivot charts
  • Illustrations and images
  • Text

However, you cannot pin 3D Maps or visualisations from Power View.

Note: Although you can pin almost everything from your worksheet to a Power BI Dashboard it doesn’t make sense to pin some elements like Slicers or Timeline filters.

Enabling Power BI Publisher for Excel

The Power BI Publisher for Excel add-in should be enabled by default, however, if for some reason it is not enabled you can manually enable it as below:

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