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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”

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      3 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.

      255 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…

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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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          • 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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            • 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.

              28 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

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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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                    281 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

                  • 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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                    • 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,

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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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                          • 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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                              • 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!

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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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                                  • Improve Queries and Connections Task Pane

                                    Having used the newfangled Queries and Connections pane for some time now I find it is time to add some suggestions

                                    My issues:

                                    1. The pane does not remember its size
                                    It opens really narrow on my system, displaying only a (very) small part of the connection and query names so my first action every friggin time is to drag it wider.

                                    2. No multi select
                                    in the old connections window you can control or shift-click multiple connections to delete them. For maintenance this is a very useful feature I miss regularly.

                                    3. It isn't application-centric
                                    If I open a…

                                    25 votes
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                                    • EXCEL DDE

                                      Resulta muy importante mantener el uso de DDE en Excel. Para poder utilizar combinacion de correspondencia con Word.
                                      El tipo de combinacion DDE se encuentra presente en Excel desde sus origenes. Es el unico tipo de combinacion que mantiene los formatos de numero tal como se reflejan en el Excel para su combinacion en un formulario de Word.

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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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                                        • EASIER ACCESS TO INSERT A EADER TO NAME THE SPREADSHEET

                                          There should be an easier way to name your Spreadsheet as a Header:Example: Insert name for Header.

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