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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.

    303 votes
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  2. Be able to protect Power Query with password

    Now any user can edit and change Power Query connections, it would be very interesting to be able to protect Power Queries with a password.

    Thanks

    251 votes
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    23 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Joana & others,

    Thanks for logging this suggestion. Yes, being able to protect your queries would be quite useful indeed for delivering solutions. We’ll prioritize this based on the interest, so if you’re reading this and haven’t voted as yet, please do so.

    thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  3. Allow interaction with Excel while in Power Query

    Please make the Power Query editor window (Get Data) non-model. When building complex queries, we often need to go back to Excel to change a worksheet and look at data. Right now, the Power Query editor window takes control over the application, preventing interaction with Excel.

    The current behaviour makes it very difficult to do things like the following:
    -Mid query, go back and check a worksheet to see exactly what a cell value may be that you want to refer to
    -When we have a static table in Excel and are trying to build a query that lands an…

    229 votes
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  4. Add "Run R Script" option to Excel 2016 and Excel 2013 "Power Query" add-in, as it is for Power BI.

    In July 2016, a "Run R Script" option was added to Power BI Desktop. This option would be a huge benefit to have in Excel 2016 and Excel 2013 Power Query add-in also.

    227 votes
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    30 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi folks,

    Thanks for your passion around this. We’ve been discussing this item off and on for some time now and we’d love to get your input.

    The reason we’ve resisted this is because the R runtime & various packages (and updating their versions) aren’t straightforward for other users to install. This limits sharing such queries across a workgroup.

    What do you think?

    For others reading this that’d like us to prioritize this work, please be sure to add your vote since we’re prioritizing our backlog based on these.

    thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  5. WE NEED! Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) in combination with the Step-by-Step Mail Merge Wizard in Word

    WE NEED! Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) in combination with the Step-by-Step Mail Merge Wizard in Word. Formatting columns as text to make this work correctly (ie, Zip + 4) is ridiculous!

    81 votes
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  6. Allow PowerQuery to Extract Data from PDF tables

    Allow PowerQuery to import tables of data from PDF files.

    53 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for logging this suggestion, Terry. This is a frequently asked requests, as evidenced by the number of votes on the article Ken linked to on the Power BI user voice site.

    We’re looking at this one, and in the meantime more votes would help us prioritize this work higher.

    thanks

    Ashvini Sharma
    Lead Program Manager
    Excel

  7. Fix this problem: "sometimes you might find yourself with a workbook that has links you can’t find even though Excel tells you they exist. "

    Fix this ridiculous problem: "Sometimes you might find yourself with a workbook that has links you can’t find even though Excel tells you they exist."

    52 votes
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  8. 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”

    49 votes
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  9. 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…

    48 votes
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  10. If pasted text is auto converted to a date: _save_the_original_text_. Then give it back when text is desired. Don't corrupt data!

    When people in computational biology paste a list of gene names sometimes genes like "SPET8" are in the list. The original value is lost, and now the column has corrupt data. (Why did you kill the original value?) Since the column of gene names usually goes off screen and is often in alphabetical order nobody notices this until something breaks in a bizarre way in another person's hands. Scientific papers have had corrupt data for this reason many times, and everyone advises each other to avoid excel for this reason. It might even make a difference for a clinical diagnosis.…

    46 votes
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  11. 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

    45 votes
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  12. 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.

    44 votes
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  13. Harmonize Excel.CurrentWorkbook with Excel.Workbook

    Please adjust the M-function "Excel.CurrentWorkbook" so that it returns the same items (in the same structure) than Excel.Workbook (in connection with File.Contents) does:

    Returning a table view of all elements with helpful columns like "Kind".

    But most importantly also returning content from sheets that isn't in a special format like Table or Defined Name but in a simple range.

    There are multiple reasons for letting the source-data untouched but also performing transactions on them and I've come across this request very often. The workarounds are pretty painful (error-prone and need to save file before being able to access data).

    Thanks…

    42 votes
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  14. 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!

    40 votes
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  15. Power Query data from "This Excel Workbook" - Do not break Query if this file name or path changes!

    If you want to have a self-contained file where your data is entered not in table format, but you want to get it INTO a table via PowerQuery, you can currently PowerQuery on the same file via ""From File" and turn it into a table and bring it into that same workbook. But the problem is that now you:
    1) Have to save every time before you refresh the query.
    2) Cannot change the name of the file or where it is saved without breaking the query.
    I believe there's a workaround for #2 involving setting up a parameters table…

    38 votes
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  16. Add Fiscal Month and Fiscal Year to the Query Editor "Add Column " Date Button

    The Query Editor allows you to easily create Year, Month, Month Name etc, but many people need Fiscal Month Number and Fiscal year

    37 votes
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  17. "Power BI Service" as a data source in "Get & Transform"

    It would be awesome if "Power BI Service" is added as a data source under "Get Data" in "Get & Transform Data" in Excel. Though the source availability is already there with "Power BI Publisher Add-in" but it is buggy and hard to deploy on large number of laptops/desktops. Also, it is practically very difficult to educate down the line users about re-enabling this add-in via COM Add-ins in case it disappears from the ribbon which is very frequent in case of this add-in. We have been struggling with this for a long period of time now.

    Considering "Power BI…

    31 votes
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    Hi Deepak,

    Thanks for logging this issue. I agree this would be quite useful, especially as Power BI is emerging as a hub for business data.

    This request is slightly different than what PBI Desktop does. PBI Desktop essentially provides a Live Connect essentially deferring the model to the service and limiting the experience to visualizations so it’s not importing data into the report. So there’re two possible outcomes you could be looking for:
    1. Allow users to import data into Excel as query tables, just like one can from an external store like SQL Server or Oracle. This provides fine grained data retrieval.
    2. Create a new PivotTable that summarizes data on PBI service.

    The PBI Publisher addin performs #2. Is that what you’re looking for? Or would you rather have #1 if you had to choose?

    Others coming new to this suggestion, please be sure to add your…

  18. 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…

    30 votes
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  19. 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.

    30 votes
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  20. Option to get old text data import wizard

    The new data import editor has some major flaws:

    First, it takes 100 times longer to import some simple 500 rows of data
    Second, the date format selection for columns (e.g. I want to convert MM/DD/YYYY format to DD.MM.YYYY)

    I understand that the new import editor has some advantages but I do not need any of the new functions it has. The old text data import wizard could do everything I needed it do do.

    30 votes
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