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  1. 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.

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    • 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…

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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.

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        • Power Query - cache shared nodes

          Update Power Query in Excel to take advantage of caching in cases where a parent node refers to a child node that has already been refreshed (as exists in Power BI desktop today).

          This issue creates significant performance problems with refresh times when creating highly interdependent financial and operational models. This is a show stopper from a usability and customer acceptance standpoint.

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            278 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            Hi all,

            I wanted to share with you that the new query caching mechanism in Excel has been deployed to Office Insiders starting from Excel version 1801 (build 9001.*). At this stage, we would like to allow some “baking” time as we monitor the feature health metrics.

            In this scope, we need your help to ensure a quality release! I encourage you to try the following scenarios and share your feedback:
            1. Run Refresh All on a complex workbook with multiple query dependencies. Does it work faster?

            2. Run Refresh All on a complex workbook with multiple query dependencies. Do you see any issues with your data?

            3. Refresh a single query several times. Do you see any issues with your data?

            - The Excel Team

          • Bring dividend data for the Stocks data type

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

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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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                    • Please include other data in the new Data Types feature in Excel. The data for dividends is totally missing.

                      For dividend/income investers, we really need dividend information if the data types for stocks is to be useful.

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                      • Give us ability to copy Field name in Power Query UI.

                        I haven't find a way to just copy a name of a field in Record UI. I can copy a value, but cannot copy a name.

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                        • provide a function for getting a name of a Function of Power Query

                          No you cannot know a name of a currently running function or a function given as a parameter. It would be useful for at least 2 purposes:
                          1. If we treat functions as data, and can pass functions as parameters, it would be great to know the name of a passed function (e.g. in order to properly filter the table used in the passed function). Now you have manually handle the name (passing it in parameters of the function or using some convention regarding environment). It's error prone and inconvenient.
                          2. tracing - Diagnostics.ActivityId provides the same value for the…

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                          • Allow Excel Data / Get Data / From File to work with Onedrive cloud files so that users can share the one data table as a central database

                            It took us three months for Microsoft support to understand this simple request and conclude it is a "functional limitation" with current Excel and the linking of data only works on local c-drive, not over a shared onedrive folder between colleagues - sigh.

                            Here is the summary of steps:

                            1. Open an Excel file.
                            2. Click on Data.
                            3. Click on get Data.
                            4. Select from File.
                            5. Select From Workbook.
                            6. Imports an Excel workbook which has table inside it and load it to this file.
                            7. Once done, upload it to OneDrive from where this files gets to…

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                            • Pull Current Stock Prices and Historical Data Into Excel

                              It has been over 13 months since "Pull Current Stock Prices and Historical Data Into Excel" Is there a working solution in yet?

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                              • the 2 digit year format functionality does not work when pasting in values

                                I have updated the date options for 2 year dates to 2060 from 2029. works great when typing in new values. unfortunately it does not work at all when pasting in data. So I am copying in a , delimited file with 2 year dates. it has dates of 2030 and beyond. when I look at the dates, then years for 2030 -2060 which should work based on the date variable don't work when pasting or text to columns is used.
                                please fix asap

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                                • excel is much slower and works much worse when adding tables to word 2016

                                  Adding excel tables to word is terrible now. I have to wait every time I change a number in the excel table.

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                                  • Please optimise Power Query UI perfomance

                                    1. Guys, why you call every previous step for every next step in Power Query, while refreshing this query preview? I.e. if I am at Get&Transform UI and click "Refresh Preview" on a Query where I have 3 steps, PQ calls step one 3 times, and step two 2 times. But if you call step one, you can use the results of the call for the next step AND for showing its result in the UI as well. Why you call previous steps so much??

                                    2. Moreover, you inevitably call all the Queries, used in the refreshing query from p.1.…

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                                    • Multiselect option for columns in Data Types

                                      currently if I want to use Data Types and want to add 7 columns I need to have 14 mouse clicks as the column dialog box closes each time.
                                      please add a multiselect option for columns data types

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                                      • Add Support for writing back to an OData service.

                                        Currently Excel only supports reading data from an OData source. If you want to write back to the oData source you need to buy a third party add-in such as https://www.cdata.com/drivers/odata/excel/

                                        This is a really good feature, and the fact that people are willing to pay for an add-in for this feature should prove how important it is.

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                                        • Allow a Query to be a (current) value for a Parameter in Power Query

                                          Yes, it is possible now, but only if I uncheck "Required" in a Parameter. And if I change a Parameter in UI, I got null instead of function. And sometimes I get an Error if I click such a Parameter in a list of queries in Power Query UI. All of that is very inconvenient.

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