May 14

Using Power Query to Connect Tables for Reporting | Excel.TV

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An Excel Joke to Start Off...

Did you hear about the database developer that walked into a bar? They saw two tables and tried to join them. 

And that's what we're doing this week! Last week, as you might recall, I posted an overly complicated solution to this problem based on formulas.  

This week, I've simplified it all using a left outer join. This is a really cool feature that lets you treat Excel like a database. You can a very similar use of joins in Szilvia's video, by clicking here.

Watch the entire video to see how I join two different tables using name as the primary key! 

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What do you think? How do you connect tables?

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  • I use this function pretty much daily. I’ve always heard that it is better to use power pivot though. The problem I have though with power pivot is that if there are more than one of the same value in each table, it doesn’t work. So I just use the merge query capability in get and transform. I never have any problems with it.

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