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Power Pivot basics

Power Pivot basics plus a Power Query technique for handling awkward data Something for everyone in this video, showing how to take awkward source data, transform it using Power Query and produce an interactive variance report in Power Pivot. The pre-built template we used is available for free from our website along other cool downloads [...]

5 Ways to use Power Query more effectively

Power Query is an amazing tool for cleaning and transforming your data to make it ready for analysis in Power BI or Excel. Here are 5 useful hints to help you use Power Query more effectively: Hint #1 – Use the Formula Bar The Formula Bar helps you quickly understand which step you have previously [...]

Read a Range Name, Table or Sheet from all Excel files in a Folder using Power Query

If you have a bunch of Excel files that all have the same structure, you can easily pick a table name, sheet name or range name that exists in all of them and read that one item from all workbooks into a single table using Power Query. It's an incredibly useful tool for situations such [...]

Power BI Data Sources for Estimating Market Share

Power BI data sources can be almost any file, database or web service. Here's an innovative way to use this amazing connectivity to estimate your market share using free information sources from the web. Facebook tells me my Market Size If you've ever placed an ad on Facebook, you'll know the incredible range of characteristics [...]

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Get & Transform to the rescue!

Get & Transform to the rescue! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's way better than that, it's Excel! Get & Transform, also known as Power Query, gives Excel users super powers. Here's the latest scenario where it has helped out and also is an opportunity for me to demonstrate a method [...]

Data is the oil of the 21st Century – Analytics is the engine

Data is the oil of the 21st Century - Analytics is the engine “Data … the next natural resource” (Virginia Rometty, CEO, IBM, 2013) Oil - the commodity that got us here Current generations might be forgiven for being blasé about the mega role of oil in our daily lives. For most of us, [...]

Power Query Data Cleansing – solving all sorts of Excel issues

Power Query Data Cleansing - solving all sorts of Excel issues by Wyn Hopkins   Some may see Power Query simply as a brilliant way of connecting to multiple data sources and loading that data into a Microsoft Power BI development environment (Excel Power Pivot or Power BI desktop). Having spent 25 [...]

Introducing Power Pivot – Power Query (Get & Transform) – Video Introduction Part 3

Introducing Power Pivot  In this video I introduce Power Pivot and how you can use it to join multiple tables of data together and display your data in a Fiscal Year format. In part 1 I demonstrated how Power Query can quickly consolidate all of the files in a folder and bring that data [...]

Power Query (Get & Transform) – Video Introduction Part 2

Power Query (Get & Transform) - Part 2 In part 1 I demonstrated how Power Query can quickly consolidate all of the files in a folder and bring that data into Excel. In this 6 minute video I follow on from that introduction and add an extra transformation step to get the dates I need. Once [...]

Power Query (Get & Transform) – Video Introduction Part 1

Power Query (Get & Transform) Part 1 Power Query is amazing at linking to data sources and cleansing / transforming that data as it's loaded into Excel (or Power BI Desktop). Watch this 4 minute video and see how you can consolidate all of the files from a folder instantly using Power Query. Build the transformation steps [...]

Excel Dependent Drop Downs

  Dependent Drop Down Box How to do one of those trickier tasks in Excel: set up a drop down box that is dependent on the result of another drop down box. The scenario If coffee is selected from drop down A then I want a list of coffee types to appear in drop [...]

Easy Cumulative totals in Tables

Easy Cumulative totals in Tables The single greatest advancement in Excel in the last 10 years was the introduction of Tables.  Yet although Tables were introduced in Excel 2007 there is still a huge number (I'd even say the majority) of Excel users that don't know how to create tables or understand what they do. This [...]