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6 new updates in Power Query – June 2014

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What’s New in Power Query

Support for “Whole Number” column type

Additional transformations in Query Editor ribbon

Aggregate Column dialog

Additional Date/Time filters

Improved Navigator experience: Refresh Tree & Function Invocation

Cache Management options

What’s New in Power Query

We are very happy to announce the availability of a new Power Query update. You can download the update from this page.

There are quite a few new or improved features in this release, as well as several quality fixes. You can watch the following video or read the rest of this blog post for more details.

Support for “Whole Number” column type

Data Type menus in the Home & Transform tabs in the ribbon and in the Change Type context menu on preview columns now let users set a column type to Whole Number. Previously supported type (Number) has now been renamed to Decimal Number in the UX. This provides better alignment with Data Model numeric types, which was a recurrent piece of feedback from our customers.


Additional Transformations in Query Editor ribbon

 A few new transformations have been added to the Query Editor ribbon under the Transform & Insert tabs. The motivation for this is to increase discoverability of existing capabilities that customers were having trouble to find without UX support.

–          Home tab:

  • Keep Bottom Rows: Remove all rows from a table except the last N rows.
  • Keep Errors: Keep rows with errors in the selected column(s). Note that there will be another improvement in the next SU geared towards providing a better experience to identify rows with errors in the output of a query.

–          Transform tab:

  • Count Rows: Return the number of rows of a table.
  • Unpivot Other Columns: Unpivot all columns in a table except the currently selected ones.

 Aggregate Column dialog

 Similarly to how we added a dialog for “Expand Column” in the previous release, this month we have added a dialog for “Aggregate Column”. The goal of this change is to improve discoverability of this operation by exposing it via the Editor ribbon, as well as enable editing Aggregate steps later (via the Edit Settings button next to the step).

Additional filters for Previous/Next “N” days/weeks/months/quarters/years

 Previously, Power Query only supported filtering by Last or Next Day/Week/etc. instead of letting users customize “N”. In this release, additional filters have been added to the Filter dropdown menu. Users can now specify the value of “N” as well as the unit of time that they want to use for their filter.



Improved Navigator experience: Refresh Navigator items & Function Invocation experience

The Navigator task pane now exposes “Invoke” for functions. This lets users directly invoke a function instead of having to load the function into the workbook and invoke it from there. This is available for functions in Azure Marketplace, Databases and OData feeds.


Also the Navigator Task pane now has a Refresh button to refresh the contents of the tree as needed by the user.

Cache Management options

The Power Query Options dialog now includes a new section about Cache Management. This section lets users check the amount of memory used by the PQ Cache, delete all cache items and configure the max size allowed for this cache.


That’s all for this update! We hope that you enjoy these new Power Query features. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Power Query Forum or send us a smile/frown with any questions or feedback that you may have.

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