Import data from external data sources (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.

With Microsoft Power Query for Excel, you can import data into Excel from a wide variety of data sources. You use the Query Editor to edit query steps to shape or transform data. For more information about how to combine data sources using the Query Editor, see Shape data. For information about prerequisites, see Data source prerequisites.

Note    Before you can combine data sources into specific data that match your data analysis requirements, you connect to a data source based on your data source Privacy Levels settings.

I want to

Import Data from Web

Import Data from File

Import Data from Database

Import Data from an Excel data table

Connect to an SAP BusinessObjects BI Universe

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Import Data from Web

Connect to a web page

Import Data from a File

Import Data from a Database

Import Data from Azure

Import Data from Other Sources

Import Data from an Excel data table

See Also

Microsoft Power Query for Excel Help

Data Management Experience in Power BI for Office 365 Help

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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 2013, Excel 2010

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