January 2018 updates for Get & Transform in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in

Today, we released yet another set of updates for Get & Transform — a powerful set of Excel 2016 features based on the Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities.

These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest Power Query for Excel add-in (note that the add-in may take several hours to appear at the download site).


With this update, we added support for generating "Conditional Columns" transformations as a part of the "Add Column From Examples" feature, which can be accessed via "Add Column" tab on the Query Editor ribbon. By supporting "Conditional Columns" transformations the following scenarios are now unlocked:


Basic Conditional Column

It is now possible to define a mapping between values in an input column and the desired output by providing a set of examples. 1.png


Conditional Column Ranges

With this update, the users can define a new column with non-uniform ranges based on an input column. This new capability is supported for columns where the output values don’t encode the range boundaries.




Starting with this month's release, "Add Column From Examples" also supports bucketing. Users can specify the upper/lower boundaries of a range for a certain row and Excel will automatically extrapolate to all other rows by using uniform ranges.



Null Fallback

A very common scenario for “Conditional Column” is using a value from a given column, or the value from a fallback column when the first column value is missing. "Add Column From Examples" feature now supports this kind of transformations for you.



Guy Hunkin

— Excel Team



Occasional Visitor

The bucketing feature is a great enhancement. A useful improvement to this feature would be to also automatically add a rangeIndex column based on the same principle. This column could then be used to sort the Range column in the data model. Otherwise, ranges may be displayed in the wrong order in visuals or pivot tables.


@Bertrand D arbonneau, I encourage you to vote for your idea at PowerBI User Voice here:



It helps us to prioritize our resources moving forward.



- Excel Team

Occasional Visitor

I have MS office 2016 locally installed on PC. How do I get the updates? 




@Majed Munazzit,


Please refer to the following article for more details:




- Excel Team

Occasional Visitor

Hi Guy, 

I would like to seek your help with an issue regarding Power Query. At the Add column part we are not able to find the conditional Column, just the Add Custom Column, Add Index Column, Duplicate Column and nothing else. What is the way to add/enable Conditional Column? Office 2016 Professional not Office365. 





Occasional Visitor

@Guy Hunkin

It worked. Many thanks





@Zsolt Rajna,


Can you please share your Excel and Power Query versions? The Excel version go to the File tab on the Excel ribbon > choose Account > Product Information. For the Power Query version go to Query Editor > choose File tab on the ribbon > Options and settings > Query Options > Diagnostics > Version.



- Excel Team

Hi @Guy Hunkin


I am also experiencing the same issue as @Zsolt Rajna


I do not have the option to select "Conditional Column" within the "Add Column" tab


Product information is Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016; Excel 2016; 64 bit


Power Query Version: 2.24.4065.1401


Thank you very much in advance!


@Karlena Bucknor, I guess it's still for Office 365 subscribers only, perhaps for Excel 2019