Getting sample data in Power BI Desktop is also easy. However, the steps aren’t the same as doing it in Power BI Service.
In the online version, all you have to do is connect with the sample data. There’s no need to download anything or visit another web page.
Fortunately, there’s no need for you to remember any links or whatsoever.
On the Power BI Desktop, click ‘Help’ from tab list above the ribbon:
Then, click ‘Samples’ on the ribbon under the ‘Community’ group:
Your default browser will take you to the documentation page with the list of available sample data you can download as a PBIX file.
Click on the sample data you would like to download.
For example, click the first one — “Retail Analysis Sample PBIX” to download it:
After saving the file on your computer, go back to the Power BI Desktop to open the file.
Click ‘File’ on the tab list and select ‘Open’:
Now, find where you saved the file and open it.
Your sample data is now open on your Power BI Desktop.
You can now use the sample data to experiment with Power BI Desktop and what you can do with it.
Power BI Service and Power BI Desktop may both be Power BI tools but there are features that only one of them can do.