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  1. Default the Power Query formula bar as on

    In the Power Query editor window the formula bar is defaulted as off. This is the first thing I tell people to turn on as it’s key to avoiding unintended errors and future proofing your code.

    As Gil Raviv says in his book, “ Enabling the formula bar is fundamental to avoid the pitfalls”

    31 votes
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      3 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Let me choose Decimal separator and Date order in PowerQuery instead of guessing

      When importing textfiles using Get and Transform I always struggle with one thing: I do not know upfront what the decimal separator and date order is of my text file. PQ only offers to choose a Locale, but it does not tell me what date order and syntax, nor which decimal separator belongs to this locale.
      I'd love to be able to just choose the relevant separators and date order from a couple of drop-downs. I can almost always see which it is I need from the data, but I hardly ever know which locale belongs to the specific combination…

      13 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Add Get Parameter button to Power Query and avoid Privacy / Formula.Firewall problems

        It's fantastic that you can pick up named ranges in Excel and pass them to Power Query as parameters. However the process is cumbersome and often results in Formula.Firewall warnings or other issues.

        This leads to having to switch Privacy Levels to "Ignore" or having to write a query within a query rather than nice and clean "parameter" queries.

        It would really simplify things if we could quickly create parameter queries (including a drop down to select parameter type) and that these queries would be immune from the Privacy warnings.

        265 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Show Tables in Power Query when opening an xlsb file

          When using Power Query / Get Data to open .xlsx files and .xlsm files, the Tables present in those files are shown in a list.
          When opening a .xlsb file only Sheets are shown and not any of the Tables present within the file.

          If there is only one table on a sheet, AND it starts in cell A1, then it is relatively easy to still load the data, but where there are multiple tables per sheet, OR the tables don't start in A1, then there is a lot of unnecessary work deleting Rows and or Columns to obtain your…

          45 votes
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          • Add Dividend Data to Stock Data Type

            It would be helpful to include the dividend amount per share and ex-dividend date with the stock data type.

            16 votes
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            • Error in Table.AggregateTableColumn of Power Query M

              Table.AggregateTableColumn of Power Query M doesn't allow usage of type as 4-th parameter of an aggregation for last aggregation. I.e if you do this:
              Table.AggregateTableColumn(aTable, {"F1", List.Max, "NF1", type number}, {"F2", List.Max, "NF2", type number}) - no any column will be added, but if you do the same without type in the last aggregation - all works properly:

              Table.AggregateTableColumn(aTable, {"F1", List.Max, "NF1", type number}, {"F2", List.Max, "NF2"})

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                4 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Add support for custom data connectors (Power Query M extensions)

                Custom Data Connectors mechanism is being developed by Power BI Desktop team:

                * https://github.com/Microsoft/DataConnectors
                * https://github.com/Microsoft/DataConnectors/blob/master/docs/m-extensions.md

                Excel's Get & Transform engine (Power Query) should have support for *.mez/*.pqx extensions too.

                32 votes
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                • Bring dividend data for the Stocks data type

                  In addition to stock price data, bring dividend data for the stocks

                  5 votes
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                  • Add Power BI Dataflows as a data source in "Get & Transform Data"

                    Please add Power BI Dataflows as a data source so that I can import data from a Dataflow into the local spreadsheet/data model.

                    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-bi/service-dataflows-create-use

                    2 votes
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                    • Get Data from table without Totals

                      I have a table with a summary, when I get/import this table in other Excel file, it imports summary as data, that is wrong. Please correct that issue.

                      3 votes
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                      • Allow user defined "text qualifier" when importing from csv file or text

                        There are some cases where I export data from SQL server to a text file and want to open it with Excel. I do this because some of my columns have text that has newlines [ char(13) + char(10) ], which will not correctly import into Excel, when importing from SQL Server to Excel directly. There should be other cases where a user can't choose a pre-determined text qualifier from some proprietary software.

                        This is where Excel should allow the user to choose the text qualifier instead of only having the pre-defined choices.

                        LibreOffice Calc allows this functionality, and I…

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                        • Please merge Type Change steps in PQ even if the current step has locale

                          I mean the situation when end user is on the step where changing types of columns happen, and the step contains locale (which, by the way, is added sometimes automatically) AND user change some types of columns. PQ now adds a new step without possibility to change the current step.
                          I think it is much more convenient for end user to show the locale of the current step and as whether user wants to change current step or add a new.

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                          • Improve stock data type search

                            Some stocks are not easy to search, it would be easier if we could just enter the ticker and market, as there is just one ticker for stock and market.

                            Other option could be integrating somehow all the predictive results that Morningstar offers when you start typing. Besides I find somehow difficult to pick the right stock, as sometimes you are not able to select from which market you want to get it.
                            For example CVR Partners is not listed when searched and if you search by UAN, which is the NYSE ticker it just finds Yorbeau at German market,…

                            3 votes
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                            • Table.ExpandTableColumn is not type - safe.

                              I.e. if you expand a column, types of inner table are lost - all the expanded columns, appeared in the outer table after expantion, are of type any, despite the fact that all the types are set in inner table.

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                              • The new stocks data type should include ex-dividend date and earnings date. That is extremely useful information.

                                The new stocks data type is great, but it would be even more useful if it were possible to get ex-dividend dates and earnings announcement dates. This is very important information, and it should not be too difficult to add,

                                3 votes
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                                • Enhancment for Stock Data Type

                                  I really like the new data types, the stock data type is there a chance you pull Dividend pay dates and Dividend per share.

                                  13 votes
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                                  • Please add tickers for S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 markets.

                                    You have !DJI. Please add tickers for S&P 500, Nasdaq and Russell 2000 markets. (They are ^GSPC, ^IXIC & ^RUT at !Yahoo Finance)

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                                    • Combine multiple files into one with multiple tabs

                                      Adobe has an option where you can select multiple files, right click, and combine them all together into one pdf. I think something similar for excel would be excellent: select multiple excel files, right click, and combine them into one spread sheet separated by tab.

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                                      • In einer neueren Version von Excel möchte ich den dynamischen Datenaustausch (Dynamic Data Exchange, DDE) in Kombination mit dem Seriendruck

                                        In einer neueren Version von Excel möchte ich den dynamischen Datenaustausch (Dynamic Data Exchange, DDE) in Kombination mit dem Seriendruck-Assistent mit Schritt-für-Schritt-Anweisungen in Word verwenden. DDE soll wieder von Excel unterstützt werden. Ich möchte, dass dieses Feature (DDE) bei der nächsten Version von Excel berücksichtigt wird,

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                                        • turn off automatic date conversion

                                          Opening scientific data in excel for review or analysis purposes is a nightmare in Excel. Some values, gene names and other text automatically transforms into dates and then the data is corrupted. Changing cell format in this case corrupts the data even further and there's no way to return to the original value/text, since the data corrupts when opening the file. This is the worst functionality in Excel and I don't know anyone who benefits from the automatic transformation of dates. Please the date transformation optional setting for those who might need it!

                                          33 votes
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