Connect to a Text file (Power Query)

Important   This article applies to Power Query, a data analysis feature available for Excel that lets you discover, combine and refine data. You may need to enable Power Query in Excel. You can also download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it. Power Query technology is also built into the Power BI Designer, which is a stand-alone report authoring and data transformation tool for Power BI.

Note   For a very quick video on how to display Query Editor, see the end of this article.

Connect to a text file from Power Query

  1. In the Power Query ribbon tab, click From File > From Text.

  2. In the Browse dialog box, browse for or type a file path to import or link to a file.

After the connection succeeds, you will be able to preview the lines of text in the file.

Formula Example

= Table.FromColumns({Lines.FromBinary(File.Contents("C:\sample.txt"),null,null,1252)})

Note   The Query Editor only appears when you load, edit, or create a new query using Power Query. The following video shows the Query Editor window appearing after editing a query from an Excel workbook. To view the Query Editor without loading or editing an existing workbook query, from the Get External Data section in the Power Query ribbon tab, select From Other Sources > Blank Query. The following video shows one way to display the Query Editor.

How to see Query Editor in Excel

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel 2013

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