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Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

Options for loading data in Excel

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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

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      Chris Dutton

      Founder & COO, Maven Analytics

      • 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] The last thing I want to cover before we get hands-on with some Power Query tools, are the data loading options, because these are very, very important. When you've connected to a source, you've applied whatever steps and transformations you'd like in the Query editor, your next step is to actually load that data from Power Query into Excel. You've got two options, you can load or load to. If you press load, by default Excel is going to try to dump that table and that data into a sheet, which is okay if you're dealing with very small data sets, but for the purposes of this course, we don't want to go that route. You've got a few options here. The first set of options is table versus connection only. Again, the table is going to store that data into a new or an existing worksheet. Because you're dealing with a worksheet, you're also dealing with the size limitations of a worksheet, not just about a million rows. Connection only, on the other hand, which we're going to be…

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