Get & Transform in Excel 2016: New features

Get & Transform in Excel 2016 can help you search for data sources, make connections, and then shape that data in ways you deem fit. For instance, you can remove a column, change a data type, or merge tables. once you’ve things set up, you can share your findings or use your query to create reports. Moreover, the addition of the Power Query tools as an integral part of Excel 2016 within the Get & Transform group of the Data ribbon tab not only extends the ability to process more data but cope with excess burden. March 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in includes some new or improved Data Transformation features:

Get & Transform in Excel 2016

Option to set credentials at the server level

What was missing earlier to some extent has been compensated with the update. Users now have the discretion to set the scope for their credentials when prompted for Database credentials. This functionality is provided in the form a radio button option at the bottom of the Credentials dialog.

Get & Transform in Excel 2016

Copy and paste queries between Power BI Desktop and Excel

Excel users often try all sorts of permutations and combination when it comes to using Excel for daily activities, alongside Power BI Desktop for dashboard and sharing scenarios. Earlier, the ability to copy and paste queries between different Excel workbooks was enabled. Now, the new update makes it seamless for users to copy and paste their queries between Excel and Power BI Desktop. Users can right-click a query or a query group in the Queries task pane in Excel workbook to copy those queries. Once copied, the queries can be pasted into the Queries task pane in Query Editor for Power BI Desktop.



Filter by “not earliest/latest date.”

Excel now features a new Date/Time columns filter option in the Query Editor. The tool allows users to filter by dates that are not the earliest within the current column.

Filter not by earliest

Filter by “is in previous N minutes/hours/seconds.”

Another new Date/Time filter offers users the ability to filter out values that are within the previous N minutes/hours/seconds. This can be accessed from the ‘In the Previous… option’ visible under the Filter menu for Date/Time columns.

Filter by minutes

There are more additions, you can find a complete list here.

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