Excel – Get and Transform Data

by | Jul 4, 2018

Many Excel files are not set up properly. Data that should be in a flat file is laid out in a crosstab file format, or in this example, the data is missing information and has totals manually applied. The issue with data being set up incorrectly is the following can’t be done:

  1. Sorting data
  2. Filtering data
  3. Creating a PivotTable
  4. Subtotals

To get data in a flat file, Excel has a great feature on the Data tab. It is called Power Query Editor.

Below is a screenshot of an Excel file set up incorrectly. The numbers are correct but notice the missing cells in column A. Notice the blank row in row 2, and totals and the grand total have been calculated but this is not the correct place to do these calculations.

YouTube Video of “Get and Transform” with Power Query Editor

The end result of using the Power Query Editor is the screenshot below.


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I train corporate clients in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. When I'm not training, I blog about technology and create training videos on YouTube. I currently have over 240 technology videos available. Most of the videos I've created come from questions asked during MS Office training.

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