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Excel Business Intelligence: Power Query

The Query Editor

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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] Now, once you've created a connection to your data source, you can open up what's called the Query Editor, and it looks something like this. You can access this query editor window in a few different ways. One is to create a new query and choose the Edit option, and another is to launch the workbook queries pane from the data tab, so that you can right-click on an existing query and edit from there. So there are a few components to this window that I'd like to break down. Up at the top you've got your query editing tools. These live in a number of tabs. You've got Home, Transform, and Add Column. We're going to break each of those down in the next slide, but basically this is where all of those data transformation and shaping tools live. Beneath that, you have a formula bar with some code written in there. Note that I didn't write this code. This is what's called the M language, and it's automatically generated as you make changes to your table, so it's the script…

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