Announcing Power Query Data Types
Published Oct 29 2020 05:58 AM 54.6K Views

We are excited to announce a new and exciting update to Get & Transform Data capabilities in Excel – Power Query data types! This tool will help you organize your data better and consume it easily.


Power Query data types are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get the latest updates.


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.  


How to use it 

  1. Start with importing the data set using Power Query.


  2. In the Power Query Editor, select the relevant columns, and then click the Create Data Type button on the Transform tab.


  3. Define the data type name and choose a display column.


  4. 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.


  5. 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 icon1.jpg icon the cell, and then open the associated card.

Extract fields to the grid by clicking the icon2.jpg button. Use the data type fields in Excel formulas by referencing to a cell with a data type.

Refresh data types by clicking the icon3.png  button – from the data type context menu, the respective query context menu, or the Data tab in the Excel ribbon.


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.


More Resources
Check out this video from one of Microsoft Excel’s Creators, Mynda Treacy from MyOnlineTrainingHub:



Microsoft Creators are community experts who create video content on YouTube that can help you learn how to use Microsoft products and services. Their content appears in the following playlists on the Microsoft 365 channel.


Customer Feedback
We hope you like this new addition to Excel and we’d love to hear what you think about it!

Let us know by using the Feedback button in the top right corner in Excel - add #PowerQuery in your feedback so that we can find it easily.
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Jonathan Kahati
~ Excel Team

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