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  1. 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…

    22 votes
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      6 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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”

      34 votes
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        3 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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."

        35 votes
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          6 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.

          273 votes
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            8 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 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

            6 votes
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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…

              46 votes
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                11 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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.

                17 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.

                    35 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Data Import  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • metadata

                      I would love to see the Get Data from Folder allow me to get metadata from the files in the folder. Such as metadata from Audio(MP3), Photo(Jpg) or Video(MP4, MKV), etc. This method currently gets me the File Name and Size but that is about it useful.

                      This would allow a user a method to create a list of all their files with data that's useful and important and keep it up to date with a click.

                      2 votes
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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,…

                        4 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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                          • 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…

                              2 votes
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                              • Recent Query and Connection issue

                                Recently after update I spot that my Power Query is not connecting to my Organizational account and moreover when I want to download something from web --> Connection Properties --> Edit Query... does not work properly.

                                Multiple pictures attached.

                                Please fix this as soon as possible

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                                • Single method for external workbook reference

                                  Right now there are basically two ways to pull data into a target workbook from a source workbook:
                                  - Query it as a data connection (in which case you have to close the source workbook every time you want to refresh the data)
                                  - Use an external link in a cell formula (in which case the source workbook has to be open if you want to get up to date data)

                                  This is harder than it needs to be. Regardless of the method of pulling in external data you should be able to refresh it regardless of the status of…

                                  1 vote
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                                  • Please include KLSE(Malaysia) market data to Stock data type

                                    Please include KLSE(Malaysia) stock data to Stock data type

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                                    • I need to delete duplicates but want to keep last one entry instead of first one entry. So, data -> remove duplicates is not working.

                                      I need to delete duplicates but want to keep last one entry instead of first one entry. So, data -> remove duplicates is not working.

                                      Also, note that my first column is key column to find unique entries and I don't have any column to apply filter or sort so that I can sort the data in reverse (i.e. date) and keep first one and then remove sort etc.

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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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