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.
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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.