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Append queries

From the course: Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

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  • Course details

    Microsoft Excel includes a powerful feature called Power Query—also known as Get & Transform or Get Data—which provides fast and powerful data gathering and cleansing capabilities. In this course—the first installment in the Excel Business Intelligence series—follow along with experienced Excel trainer Chris Dutton as he shows you the robust capabilities of Power Query. Chris kicks off the course by outlining the power Excel landscape and spelling out when to use business intelligence tools like Power Query, Power Pivot, and DAX. He then dives into Power Query, explaining how to leverage key query editing tools to connect and transform data. Learn about basic Power Query table transformations, text-specific query editing tools, how to merge and append queries, and more. Chris also shares best practices for working efficiently with Power Query.

    Instructor

    • Chris Dutton

      Chris Dutton

      Founder & COO, Maven Analytics
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      Chris Dutton is a certified Microsoft Excel Expert and analytics consultant.Chris has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies across automotive, retail, insurance, and travel verticals. He has developed award-winning business intelligence and data visualization tools, which have been featured by Microsoft, the New York Times, and the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). As founder of Excel Maven, Chris has helped thousands of students learn how to use Excel as a dynamic and powerful analytics tool, and has developed personalized training programs for individuals, private groups, and businesses across the country. He graduated summa cum laude and received the Charles Bluhdorn Prize in Economics at Tufts University.

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  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] Next on the agenda, we've got appending queries. Now the appending tools live right next to the merge queries tool in that combined pane in the query editor. And when you open up the append options, you'll see a pretty simple dialog box. You can append just two tables or you can append three or more. In this case, what we're looking at here is the combination of two data tables, FoodMart_Transactions_1997 and FoodMart_Transactions_1998. Now appending queries allows you to combine or essentially just stack tables that share a common structure and set of columns. Now that's the most important key here, they have to share that common column structure and data type. So you can't try to stack a column that's formatted as a date in one table and a whole number in another. It won't let you do those mixed data types. So in this case, we're appending these two data tables and it's legal to do so because they each contain the same exact set of columns with the same defined data…

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