Sometimes it is useful to merge two or more columns in Excel, such as first and last names or components of addresses.You can also do the opposite and split information within a cell into separate columns.Like VBA, Power Query allows you to automate the process of importing data.
This Power Query Tutorial focuses on workbooks, CSV or text files because they’re extremely common and most Excel users (including you) are bound to encounter them.
More precisely, the 2 data source types you’re most likely to encounter are the following: Many of us don’t have access to big databases with curated data.
Another common type of text file are tab-delimited text files.
In a tab-delimited file, the tab character separates (delimits) the data columns.
As I show in the sections below, Power Query generally imports the data within a CSV or text file as follows: Every explanation I make throughout this Power Query Tutorial is illustrated with practical examples.
You can get immediate FREE access to the file examples that accompany this blog post by clicking on the button below: The example data that I use throughout this blog post is like that which I use in my Pivot Table Tutorials, such as this one. Notice, for example, how the dates within the first column of the source data below aren’t properly formatted.
There are several ways in which you can achieve this.
Common approaches involve manually importing data or using Visual Basic for Applications to automate the process.
The following article explains these two processes.
One of the first steps in the process of analyzing data in Excel is importing it.
Additionally, depending on your situation, you may need to spend time maintaining the procedures you use.