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Open local files (file://) directly by click on url link as with (http://)

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Miquel Angel Prat on 18 Feb 2018 18:43:45

Currently open a local file from Desktop is not possible and from browser is very tedious as explained on May 2017 update:

https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/power-bi-desktop-may-feature-summary/#urlTables

"If you want to use file URLs, there are some limitations. They will not open in the Power BI Desktop, only in web browsers. For most browsers, you will need to right click on the link, copy the link address, and paste the URL in a new tab"

It will be great if can be improved the way to open the files in same way as with web images or files (http://).

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Francois van der Merwe on 15 Mar 2024 16:22:36

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Would also like this as a feature or failing the ability to launch the file, then to list the directory in a browser


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Andy Seibel on 05 Mar 2024 22:35:02

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Mind blowing to me that this isn't already a feature! My links work fine when I paste them into Edge, but clicking as a URL in the report does nothing.

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Nigel Davies on 15 Feb 2024 14:53:45

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Would be very useful to have in PBi. (Looks to work in Excel.)

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Maximilien Delsarte on 06 Feb 2024 14:02:02

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This would be very helpful indeed.

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Meiko Rudolphi on 02 Feb 2024 09:28:19

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Need this too. It would be very helpful.

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Luuk Gubbels on 19 Dec 2023 12:24:40

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This would help so much!

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Lesia Woodruff on 01 Nov 2023 15:23:38

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Yes, we have the same issue. We may have links to additional reports or references in the report, but it makes the report seem cumbersome to the user with the additional steps.

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Karen Gonzalez on 30 Oct 2023 21:36:05

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Yes, please this needs to be a think. With the large volume of being able to pull data and click on the link directly is beneficial. Having to copy and paste all files paths defeats the purpose of the visuals.

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Devin Self on 05 Oct 2023 17:39:46

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We don't have many files on the internet/web and need to be able to link to an internal file path. Instead I have to manually copy and paste the path into a Windows Explorer for each file I want to view/see which slows me down tremendously. Like others have said, Tableau has offered this ability/functionality for quite some time. It's 2023 and Power BI needs to allow for this feature.

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Willian Melnechuky on 31 Jul 2023 01:43:06

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This would be a much-appreciated feature, it seems something easy to address.