Data Model window won't open Excel 2016 and unable to edit existing Powerpivot RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am running 64 bit Excel 2016.

    I have recently received an Excel file created in 2010 that has an associated data model and power pivot. 

    Upon opening the file:

    • I receive no errors
    • The model cannot be accessed either by clicking the symbol for GoTo PowerPivot Window or via Alt + B + M.
    • Attempting to edit the source of the powerpivot defaults to > External Data Source > Connection Name: PowerPivot data. And nothing further can be done.
    • I can view the powerpivot fields but cannot select/re-arrange them.
    • Attempting to manipulate/refresh the power pivot yields the following:

    “This workbook has a Power Pivot data model created using a previous version of the Power Pivot add-in. You'll need to upgrade this model with Power Pivot for Microsoft Excel 2016”

    Needless to say i am unable to upgrade.

    To test if this is a more general issue i created a new workbook, created a table and loaded to the data model;  worked fine. But then i cannot access the model as described above. 

    Any ideas what might be causing this and how i can resolve the issue? I know in prior installations of Excel 2016 i have had, i have been able to create data models etc.

    I have run through the top related threads suggested in the side bar to no avail.




    • Edited by QHarri Monday, December 4, 2017 1:30 PM
    Monday, December 4, 2017 12:09 PM


  • Hi Quentin,

    Thanks for your question.

    According to your description, you need to upgrade Power Pivot data models to Excel 2013 or Excel 2016 first.

    >>>Needless to say i am unable to upgrade.
    You can refer to below article to upgrade Power Pivot data models to Excel 2013 or Excel 2016:
    Upgrade Power Pivot Data Models to Excel 2013 or Excel 2016

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    Willson Yuan
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    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 2:30 AM