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Text-specific query editing tools

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] Alright, next up we've got text-specific tools. Looking at the Transform tab of the Power Query Editor, at the end you've got this little section with a grouping of tools that says Text Column at the bottom. Now, this is dynamic because it depends on the column that you're selecting. So, Power Query does a nice job grouping tools into text tools and data tools and date tools, so you won't always see the exact same set of tools no matter what. Again, it's dynamic based on what you have selected. So, here are some common text tools that we can use. We've got the Split Column options where you can either split by a delimiter or by a fixed number of characters. You've got formatting tools where you can change to uppercase, lowercase, proper case, which is capitalizing each word. So, a little tip here, Trim and Clean are actually really helpful ones. If you've taken my Formulas and Functions course, you may remember me talking about Trim quite a bit. The thing about Trim is…

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