Live Excel Connection Points to Temporary File or Directory

Published: 27 Jan 2015
Last Modified Date: 14 Oct 2019


When working with a packaged workbook (.twbx) with a connection to an Excel file, the workbook might be pointed to a temporary file.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Excel live connection
  • Packaged workbook


In order to refresh the data source and use the original location, use a .twb instead.


Tableau packaged workbook files (.twbx) store both the workbook and the associated data source in a zipped format. When the workbook is opened, the data connection points to a temporary version of the data source file and not the original document.

Additional Information

  1. Right-click on the data source and select Properties.
Note the file path points to a temporary file directory such as:

Discuss this article... Feedback Forum
Did this article resolve the issue?