Introduction to Microsoft Power Query for Excel

Important   Power Query is 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   Query Editor is part of Power Query. For a very quick video on how to display Query Editor, see the end of this article.

Microsoft Power Query for Excel enhances self-service business intelligence (BI) for Excel with an intuitive and consistent experience for discovering, combining, and refining data across a wide variety of sources including relational, structured and semi-structured, OData, Web, Hadoop, Azure Marketplace, and more. Power Query also provides you with the ability to search for public data from sources such as Wikipedia.

Getting Started

Interested in seeing Power Query at work? The Power BI - Getting Started Guide has a section that shows Power Query being used to create a workbook that connects to external data, transforms data, and creates a data model. You can read the entire guide, or jump to its Power Query section.

With Power Query, you can share and manage queries as well as search data within your organization. Users in the enterprise can find and use these shared queries (if it is shared with them) to use the underlying data in the queries for their data analysis and reporting. For more information about how to share queries, see Share Queries.

With Power Query, you can

  • Find and connectdata across a wide variety of sources.

  • Merge and shape data sources to match your data analysis requirements or prepare it for further analysis and modeling by tools such as Power Pivot and Power View.

  • Create custom views over data.

  • Use the JSON parser to create data visualizations over Big Data and Azure HDInsight.

  • Perform data cleansing operations.

  • Import data from multiple log files.

  • Perform Online Search for data from a large collection of public data sources including Wikipedia tables, a subset of Microsoft Azure Marketplace, and a subset of

  • Create a query from your Facebook likes that render an Excel chart.

  • Pull data into Power Pivot from new data sources, such as XML, Facebook, and File Folders as refreshable connections.

  • With Power Query 2.10 and later, you can share and manage queries as well as search data within your organization.

Power Query Data Sources

  • Web page

  • Excel or CSV file

  • XML file

  • Text file

  • Folder

  • SQL Server database

  • Microsoft Azure SQL Database

  • Access database

  • Oracle database

  • IBM DB2 database

  • MySQL database

  • PostgreSQL Database

  • Sybase Database

  • Teradata Database

  • SharePoint List

  • OData feed

  • Microsoft Azure Marketplace

  • Hadoop File (HDFS)

  • Microsoft Azure HDInsight

  • Microsoft Azure Table Storage

  • Active Directory

  • Microsoft Exchange

  • Facebook

Related topics

Import data from external data sources

Search public data

Shape data

Share queries

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 2016, Excel 2010, Excel 2013

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