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Get & Transform: An Alternative to VLOOKUP List Comparisons

By Jeff Lenning | August 18, 2016 |

I recently received an Excel question about how to perform a specific list comparison, and I thought I’d demonstrate how to use a Get & Transform query as an alternative to the formula-based list comparisons typically performed with functions such as VLOOKUP and COUNTIFS. The original question is: “I am trying to use a list…

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Get & Transform: An Alternative to Finding the Last Delimiter with Formulas

By Jeff Lenning | July 28, 2016 |

Sometimes, our data has multiple delimiters. Finding the first delimiter with formulas has been pretty easy over the years. Finding the final delimiter hasn’t been as easy…until now. In this post, we’ll use a Get & Transform query to grab the characters after the last delimiter. Objective Before we jump into the mechanics, let’s be clear about…

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2016 Scholarship Winners

By Jeff Lenning | July 18, 2016 |

It is with great pleasure that I’m able to announce this year’s Excel University scholarship winners! The scholarship is supported by Excel University enrollments, so, thanks to all of you who have helped to make this possible. Both of these winners are wonderful examples of the type of accounting student that the Excel University scholarship was…

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Import Web Data by Jeff Lenning

Get & Transform: An Alternative to Excel’s Web Browser

By Jeff Lenning | July 7, 2016 |

Excel has a built-in web browser that can be used to view web pages and import selected web data. This browser worked well for many years, but, recently, script errors began appearing on some pages. This makes it challenging to import data from some web pages, and frustrates users. The good news is that we can…

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Flatten data by Jeff Lenning

Get & Transform: An Alternative to Manually Flattening Data

By Jeff Lenning | June 29, 2016 |

Since many of Excel’s features are designed to work with data stored in a flat, tabular format, we sometimes need to flatten data that is received in other formats. In a previous post, we discussed a manual way to flatten data. In this post, we’ll use a Get & Transform Query as an alternative to…

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Data preview by Jeff Lenning

Get & Transform: An Alternative to Reformat Macros

By Jeff Lenning | June 16, 2016 |

Excel 2016 includes a set of features called Get & Transform. In previous versions of Excel, these capabilities were included in the Power Query Add-In. In this post, we’ll see how a Get & Transform Query can be used as an alternative to a VBA macro. Overview Here is the scenario. We export data out of…

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Use Power Query to Create a Drop-Down List without Duplicates

By Jeff Lenning | June 8, 2016 |

In this post, we’ll create a drop-down that contains a unique list of choices derived from a column that contains duplicate values. This may sound familiar as we previously accomplished this with a PivotTable. However, the Power Query feature that’s built-in to Excel 2016 makes this process easier. Objective We have a data table that contains RepID,…

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Stock Quotes

By Jeff Lenning | June 2, 2016 |

If you get stock quotes into Excel by typing or copy/pasting from your web browser, you may be able to get your work done faster if you use a built-in Excel feature. Excel’s external data feature enables you to retrieve data from a variety of sources—one of which happens to provide stock quotes. Check out…

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Unpivot by Jeff Lenning

Unpivot Excel Data

By Jeff Lenning | May 26, 2016 |

Excel easily summarizes flat, tabular data. When data is stored in a crosstab style format instead, Excel users have to spend a bit of time preparing the data for use. There are many ways to accomplish just about any Excel task, but in this post, I’ll demonstrate how to quickly unpivot the data. Thanks to Patrick who…

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Hyperlinks Article

By Jeff Lenning | May 5, 2016 |

Back in the old days, when I used workpapers that were made with, you know, paper, I used a red pencil to create cross-references that made it easy to navigate to related documents. Today, I use Excel hyperlinks instead. Check out this CalCPA Technology and Business Resource Guide article where I describe how to use Excel hyperlinks to cross-reference digital…

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