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Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

Merge queries

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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.

    Skills covered in this course

  • Welcome

    - [Instructor] All right, let's talk about an interesting tool called Merging Queries. And you'll find the Merge Queries option in your Combined pane of your Query Editing ribbon. And it's right next to Append and Combine. And when you click Merge, you're going to see this dialogue box, which basically says, hey, select two tables, gives you a nice little preview. Tell me what the common field is between them. Select a Adjoin Type and press Okay. So, here, all we're doing is we're merging two queries or tables together based on some common column. If you're an Excel user, this is just like using a VLOOKUP. In this case here, looking at the screenshot, it's like we're saying, okay, in the transactions table, let's write a VLOOKUP, and let's find the Product I.D. somewhere else. Let's look in the Product Lookup tab for that Product I.D. And let's retrieve values from related columns and pull them into my Transactions table. That's all we're doing here. We're merging the Transactions 97…

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