The following sections describe how create data types with Power Query and how to consume them in Excel.
Power Query data types
Power Query is a powerful and time-saving tool used to gather and analyze large sets of data by organizing them in a way that will make its consumption in Excel much easier. With this feature, you can create custom data types from any and load them in the Excel grid as rich values.
In the Power Query Editor, select the relevant columns, and then click the Create Data Type button on the Transform tab.
Define the data type name and choose a display column.
Notice the selected columns are collapsed into a single data type column and click the Close and Load button on the Home tab to load the query into Excel.
Easily consume and explore the output of the query in Excel with interactive data cards and formulas that reference your rich values.
Scenarios to try
Interact with the data types:
Check out the data type fields by clicking the icon the cell, and then open the associated card.
Extract fields to the grid by clicking the button. Use the data type fields in Excel formulas by referencing to a cell with a data type.
Refresh data types by clicking the button – from the data type context menu, the respective query context menu, or the Data tab in the Excel ribbon.
Requirements To use Power Query data types in Excel, you must meet these requirements: • You are in an organization with an Office 365 subscription. • You are using Excel for Windows.
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