Excel’s dashboarding capabilities empower users to transform raw data into meaningful insights. Whether for business reporting, financial analysis, or project management, Excel dashboards provide a user-friendly and visually striking way to analyze, interpret, and communicate data effectively.
Building a dashboard necessitates data, which can originate from various sources like databases, CSV files, and web pages. Often, this raw data isn’t “fit for purpose” and requires cleaning, merging, and combining.
Does the phrase “it’s taking too long” resonate with your feelings towards the time it takes to format your data for reports?
Are you frequently performing repetitive, time-consuming tasks like “data cleaning and transforming”? This includes removing unnecessary rows and columns, filtering out unneeded data, converting text to numbers or dates, splitting or merging columns, eradicating odd characters, or combining files.
Would you appreciate being able to accomplish all of the above with a single click? If your answer is yes, you need Power Query, also known as Get and Transform in Excel 2016 and later.
- Calculations without formulas – the power of The Query Editor Ribbon
- Combining data using Append & Merge Queries (and the difference between them)
- Convert a single text string into multiple rows
- Unpivot – the hidden gem and unsung hero of The Query Editor
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