Case Scenario: You have a file on a Dropbox folder that contains Power Query connections, and you need those connections to work regardless of the computer from which you open that file.
Solution: Replace the path string in those queries by another string produced by another query that reads the location of the file when you open it.
This video explains how you can:
– Use the CELL formula to indicate file and folder paths
– Create a query in Power Query that produces a text string
– Replace the path string in the M code of a query
– Change the privacy settings in Power Query to allow file and folder paths defined by queries
The example on this video uses the scenario built on previous posts:
Caution when disabling Query Data Privacy checks, especially if you are using Power Query in Power BI – read the blog post “Data Privacy Settings And Data Refresh Performance In Excel And Power BI” by Chris Web, especially the last two paragraphs and the other post he mentions there.
Check the discussion on Microsoft’s UserVoice platform about the firewall issue, and vote to get the Excel and Power Query team fixing this issue.