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Power Query

Automate File Cleanup

By Jeff Lenning | June 18, 2024 |

I was recently asked the following question: I download an excel file every week and make changes like deleting columns, counting and adding rows and so on. Can I automate this repetitive task ? In this post, I’ll attempt to answer this question. The built-in Excel feature we’ll use to accomplish this is Power Query.…

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How To Group Rows (comma list of values)

By Jeff Lenning | May 7, 2024 |

Hello and welcome to our post on grouping rows in Excel. We will walk through the process of combining the values in multiple rows into a single cell (comma-separated list of values). The example we’ll use to demonstrate the steps is to combine multiple email addresses for each contact into a single cell. But, this…

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Create Hyperlinks to Files in a Folder

By Jeff Lenning | March 26, 2024 |

Today, we’re diving into an exciting way to enhance your data organization skills using Excel. I was recently asked the following question: Is there a way to create a list of files so that the files in the list could be hyperlinked back to the source in the folder? I’m going to answer that question…

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Merge Excel Files with Multiple Sheets

By Jeff Lenning | February 20, 2024 |

Today, we’re answering a question we received about how to combine multiple Excel workbooks into a single workbook, even when there are a variable number of worksheets within each workbook. This post shows how to use Power Query to accomplish it. Let’s jump right in! Video Classic Problem, User-friendly Solution In handling large datasets or…

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UPPER lower Proper Case (3 ways)

By Jeff Lenning | December 5, 2023 |

The objective of this tutorial is to demonstrate three different methods to change the case of text in Microsoft Excel: Flash Fill, formulas, and Power Query. By the end of this tutorial, you will be confident in using these techniques to convert text to upper case, lower case, and proper case. Video Walkthrough Let’s walk…

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Get QuickBooks Exports into Excel with Power Query

By Jeff Lenning | August 8, 2023 |

Welcome to this tutorial on how to pull QuickBooks exports into Excel with Power Query. In this tutorial, we will run a QuickBooks report, download it to an Excel format, and then use Power Query to clean it up and get the data into an Excel table. We will use Power Query to import this…

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Compare Two Columns with Microsoft Excel Power Query

By Jeff Lenning | July 25, 2023 |

If you’re looking to compare two columns in Excel with Power Query, you’ve come to the right place. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Power Query to compare two lists to find which items appear on both and which items appear on only one list. Plus, you’ll learn how to match on multiple…

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Excel How To Remove Duplicates (3 Easy Ways)

By Jeff Lenning | May 30, 2023 |

This post demonstrates how to remove duplicates from your Microsoft Excel worksheets. As with just about anything in Excel, there are multiple ways. I’ll show you 3 of the easiest and fastest ways to do it, specifically: the Remove Duplicates command, the UNIQUE function, and Power Query. Video Narrative We’ll just walk through each of…

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Excel Tips from 20 Experts

By Jeff Lenning | February 21, 2023 |

My friend John Michaloudis does an annual survey of Excel MVPs and experts and asks for their best Excel tip. He compiles the tips into an audio podcast along with show notes and related links. This is a great resource and I love sharing it every year. This year, he rounded up tips from: You’ll…

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Skipping Excel 1

By Jeff Lenning | November 22, 2022 |

Excel is used for many different tasks, such as budgeting, reporting, comparing bank statements, and other things. It can also be used to export, clean, and import data between two separate systems. For example, suppose you export transactions from an e-commerce system, open them in Excel, tidy up the information a little, and then transfer…

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