Remove columns (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.

If your query has columns you do not need, you can remove them from your query.

Remove columns

Using the Query Editor ribbon:

  1. Select the column (or columns with Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click) you want to remove.

  2. In the Query Editor ribbon, select Remove Columns > Remove Columns, or the inverse, which is Remove Other Columns to remove all columns except the selected column.

    Remove columns using Query Editor

Using the Query Editor context menu

  1. Select the column (or columns with Ctrl+Click or Shift+Click) you want to remove.

  2. Right-click any selected columns.

  3. From the context menu, select Remove to remove the selected columns, or Remove Other Columns to remove all columns except the selected column.

    Query Editor context menu

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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