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Get & Transform

Power Query and Zip Code Formatting

| June 12, 2018 |

Power Query is an amazing tool, and I love learning about it. In the Power Query Editor, as you click the command icons, Excel is actually writing M code behind the scenes. M code has many more functions than are available in the ribbon. So, the thing to keep in mind is that if you…

Split Delimited List into Rows

| June 6, 2018 |

This is the second of two related posts that demonstrate how to use Power Query to deal with rows and delimited lists. In the first post, we combined rows into a delimited list. In this post, we’ll do the opposite and convert a delimited list into rows. Well, what are we waiting for … let’s…

Combine Rows into a Delimited List

| May 31, 2018 |

This is the first of two related posts that demonstrate how to use Power Query to deal with rows and delimited lists. In this first post, we’ll combine rows into a delimited list. In the second post, we’ll do the opposite and convert a delimited list into rows. Well, what are we waiting for ……

Compute Age from Dates

| March 21, 2018 |

In this post, I answer a question from Emmanuel who asked how to compute the age when given a list of birth dates. We want the solution to be dynamic, so that it is easy to update the age calculation going forward. Since this is Excel, there are many ways to accomplish this. In this…

VLOOKUP on Multiple Columns and Return Text

| March 15, 2018 |

You want to perform a lookup with VLOOKUP, but, there are multiple lookup columns. So, what are you supposed to do? Combine them into a single lookup column? That is certainly one option, but, as with just about anything in Excel, there are multiple ways. In a previous post, I showed one way to do…

PivotTable from Many CSV Files

| March 7, 2018 |

In this post, we’ll summarize data from multiple CSV files with a PivotTable. Specifically, we’ll use a Get & Transform query (Power Query) to retrieve and prepare data from numerous CSV files. Then, we’ll send the query results into the data model (Power Pivot). Then, we’ll build our summary report using a PivotTable based on…

Import and Clean Bank Activity

| February 15, 2018 |

If you have ever downloaded bank activity from your bank’s website, you know there is some amount of cleaning you need to do before the data is ready to use. Perhaps the next step is to summarize the bank activity with a PivotTable, or, perhaps to perform a bank rec. Regardless of your ultimate objective,…

VLOOKUP Hack #10: Maslow’s Hammer

| January 10, 2018 |

Psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote a line that is often referred to as Maslow’s Hammer. It goes something like this: “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” I’ve heard the simplified version more often: “If all you have is a…

Get & Transform: An Alternative to Simple PivotTable Reports

| September 27, 2017 |

I love PivotTables, and use them all the time. But, when our needs are simple, we can easily summarize data with a Get & Transform query instead. Why? To simplify our workbooks and improve our efficiency. Let me demonstrate. Objective Before we dig into the mechanics, let’s just be clear about our goal. Let’s say…