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An Excel nerd who just transition into a role related to data analytics at current company......😊 Recently in love with Power Query and Power BI.😍 Keep learning new Excel and Power BI stuffs and be amazed by all the new discoveries.

Basic text transformation in #Excel #PowerQuery

In regular Excel, all the above Power Query transformations can be done with simple functions, except for TRIM which Power Query does it slightly different from the regular Excel. You may read the previous post for more details. You may … Continue reading

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Trim like #Excel in #PowerQuery

In Power Query, there are some functions that are very similar to Excel, which you expect the same results from them. However, it may not be the case because they indeed perform differently. TRIM is one of them. TRIM is … Continue reading

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Keep the columns you need with #PowerQuery

When we import data from a data source, be it a data warehouse, a CSV/TXT file, or even an Excel Table, there are chances that there are many more columns than needed for analysis. This is particularly true when we … Continue reading

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A twist to turn Keep Duplicates into Keep Unique in #PowerQuery

In Power Query Editor, there is a button of “Keep Duplicates” in the ribbon. It’s located under Keep Rows in the section of Reduce Rows in the Home tab of the ribbon.     With this, it is super easy … Continue reading

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Keep the rows you need with #Excel Power Query

When we import data into Power Query editor, we should set the scope of data that we need. That means selecting only the rows and columns required for further processing. In the following video, I will show you different ways … Continue reading

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Data Type is NOT formatting in #PowerQuery

Let’s think about this scenario. In the first encounter of Power Query, you were presented with demonstrations that show all the powerful transformations done by Power Query. You were surprised and amazed with the demos. Normally we did not pay … Continue reading

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Close and Load… to table or to connection? That’s the question

Close and Load to is the last step in Power Query, but the first step in your reporting process. When I first learned Power Query, I preferred loading the result to Table as I could “see” the result on a … Continue reading

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How to put the Date Modified info on #Excel worksheet using #PowerQuery

If we want to see when a workbook was last modified, we can see the information from File Explorer, or Excel Info Very handy indeed. However, if you want the information to be put on a worksheet, there is no … Continue reading

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Getting Start with #PowerQuery in #Excel

As mentioned in the previous post, the awareness of Power Query is extremely low. In my experience, the hurdle for people who have learned Power Query but not feeling comfortable in using it is the fact that they are not … Continue reading

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Will Power Query change your life?

Well, it depends! Depends on what? It depends on what you do and how you do it in Excel. 😉 True/False moments Excel is the core software I use for work I use Excel for data analysis I need to … Continue reading

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Quick Tip – Edit #DAX formula in #PowerBI Desktop efficiently

Let me share a quick tip of Power BI today coz I work with Power BI Desktop a lot recently. 😎 What I am going to share in this post is my favorite shortcut key in Power BI Desktop. Honestly, … Continue reading

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Highlight differences in two ranges with Conditional Formatting in #Excel

Happy New Year! Wish you all an Excellent Year of 2022! To kickstart the year, let’s share a trick to solve a common task – highlighting differences in two ranges, with conditional formatting. Common enough, right? The ingredients are simple, … Continue reading

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Highlight different cells in two lists in #Excel

Finding and highlighting differences should be a common task in Excel. Most of the time, it’s solved by formula or conditional formatting. Either way, we need to construct a simple formula like the one below to compare the cell contents … Continue reading

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Fixing inconsistent data type in lookup table in #Excel

A common VLOOKUP problem with an easy fix The situation – VLOOKUP fails… Have you ever encountered something like this? This is quite common. We are sure that the VLOOKUP formula is correct. We are sure that the lookup values … Continue reading

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Do Not input “-” for zero. Use proper formatting in #Excel

Do you input a hyphen to represent zero? If you do, please stop doing so in the future. The proper way of displaying “-” for zero is to apply relevant cell format to it. E.g. Using Accounting format with no … Continue reading

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Convert numbers of different digits into text of fixed digits using #PowerQuery

This is an extension of the previous post. Here’s the task: If the data is coming from a CSV file, the solution is super easy. You may download the sample CSV file to follow along.

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Convert numbers of different digits into text of fixed digits in #Excel

The situation We have an extensive list of numbers in different digits, say from 10 to 13 digits. The problem is, they are supposed to be numbers in thirteen digits stored as text. (Of course, in our example, we work … Continue reading

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How to replace value with a value from another column in Power Query

It is a common task to replace a value with another value in Power Query. It can be easily done with “Replace Values”. However if you want to replace a value with the corresponding value in another column, it’s not … Continue reading

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The Power BI Journey

Note: This is not a “how-to” post. In this article, I share my thoughts on how people start their Power BI journey, based on my observation and imagination. 😁 When you say you want to learn Power BI, what do … Continue reading

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