Revealed: Power Query Advanced Tips And Tricks
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Revealed: Power Query Advanced Tips And Tricks

Discover The Power Query Advanced Secrets Microsoft Was Supposed To Show You, But Never Did
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Created by Doug Burke
Last updated 9/2017
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This course includes
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 26 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Create data analytics like world-class companies
  • Executive Case Study: you will clean, analyze and document a project data set ; includes video instructions and downloadable Excel file solutions to insure you're learning
  • Write If-Then-Else statements within conditional columns and create embedded functions in custom columns
  • Reference the Power Query Formula Language to find and use unique functions to transform your data
  • Build using the 'M' language Advanced Editor and Query Manager to control your processes and work faster
  • Strong desire to learn advanced Power Query data cleansing skills
  • Basic knowledge of Power Query (have used it, even at a beginner level)
  • Know your way around the Power Query ribbons and editor

3rd in my series of Udemy courses on mastering data cleaning in the age of big data

Every day is a training day for your next job opportunity. Prepare by making data transformations that are simple to use and quick.  People notice, and you will have a solid career.  Microsoft has the right tool for this.  It’s called Excel Power Query.  Want to use it like a pro?

Advanced Excel Power Query Will Strengthen Your Data Analytics Career

  • 'Learn by doing' with downloadable exercise files, step-by-step video demonstrations and three-part 'Case Study' assignment that reinforces the knowledge you gained

  • Custom columns, the Power Query Formula Language (‘M’ code), embedded functions and much more

  • Dozens of tips & tricks focused on Power Query's best features

Control Your Data Instead Of Letting It Control You

I designed this course for data users of all levels.  There is something here for everyone.  We’ll solve some of the most common data cleansing problems encountered by data analysts.  You’ll walk away with first-rate knowledge  valued in the job market.  It's essential for developing your data career.

Companies are moving to Excel Power Query for next generation data analysis power. Let me prepare you for the career that companies need.

By taking this course, you will say "Wow.  It didn't know I could do that with Power Query!"

Who this course is for:
  • Those who want to learn an in-demand business skill and increase their career opportunities
  • Those who want to improve their data analytics and Power Query talents
  • Those who are willing to try Power Query in new ways
Course content
Expand all 37 lectures 02:55:21
+ How To Get The Most From This Course
3 lectures 04:58
Versions of Excel that run Power Query
How To Install (Or Update) Power Query
+ How to Use Power Query: Do More In Fewer Steps
2 lectures 02:30
Why fewer steps are better

How can I use Power Query most efficiently?

Quiz #1 - Steps and patterns
1 question
+ How to Use Conditional & Custom Columns
8 lectures 42:45
Conditional & custom columns overview
Conditional columns basics
Conditional columns - training exercise
Conditional columns - training exercise solution
Custom columns - training exercise
Custom columns - training exercise solution
Differences and similarities (conditional and custom columns)
+ How to Use Manual Queries
4 lectures 30:03
Good - Manual queries
Manual queries - training exercise solution (1 of 2)
Manual queries - training exercise solution (2 of 2)
+ How to Use Advanced Queries
7 lectures 33:27
Functions and formulas
Finding functions #1 - Power Query formula reference
Finding functions #2 - reference sheet
Finding functions #3a - formula bar (=#shared)
Finding functions #3b - custom query
Finding functions #3c - follow along
+ How to Use Waterfall Queries
2 lectures 14:27
Waterfall queries
Waterfall queries - more examples
+ How to Take Advantage of 'M' Code
4 lectures 23:58
  • Formulas follow a standard pattern
  • Understand the pattern to quickly modify and imbed
How to read 'M' code
Rename your steps to simplify 'M' code
  • Editing code in the M window is difficult since PQ window does not have administrative features
  • I copy and paste into a text editor such as Notepad or Notepad++
  • This allows me to get a much better overall feel for what's going on
  • Can search and replace

Add comments to your 'M' code
  • Use to move, rename, create groups, move groups
  • It's better and quicker within Query Editor compared to main Excel ribbon
Query Manager in Query Editor
+ Case Study (Assignments)
2 lectures 16:53

Scenario: You are the lead sales analyst for DogCatSquirrel Inc. and just received an Excel file containing sales results for FY17 Q1 (Jan, Feb, Mar).  

You must clean and analyze this data for two purposes:
1) bonus and commissions payments
2) to determine company performance during Q1

Note: to create 'State' column, use 

  • North = Michigan
  • South = Georgia
  • East = New York
  • West = Oregon
Preview 03:25

This video contains a detailed example of how I used Power Query to create the data table.

Part 1 - Clean Your Data Solution
Now that you have the 'Data Results' table, here are 6 questions to answer for the CFO. Each one should be answered using a different query created from the 'Data_Results' table.
Part 2 - Analyze Data
6 questions
True professionals always clean up after themselves. This includes simplifying names of 'Applied Steps' and adding some notes to the 'M' code (using Advanced Query Editor) to document what's been done. The 'Solutions' section contains a downloadable Excel file showing the completed assignment.
Part 3 - Clean Up Query
5 questions