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How to use Pivot in Power Query and avoid the errors
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Jun 10, 2023 3:53 PM

How to use Pivot in Power Query and avoid the errors

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If you ever need to Pivot your data it's quite possible you've hit an error. Here I explain why, and how to avoid it.

How to use Pivot in Power Query and avoid the errors (PLUS bonus at minute 6) If you ever need to Pivot your data it's quite possible you've hit an error. Here I explain why, and how to avoid it.

  • 00:00 The Intro
  • 00:17 The Setup
  • 01:20 Getting the Error
  • 02:15 Why the error?
  • 02:56 The solution
  • 03:11 Group By
  • 03:56 Add an Index column within the group
  • 05:32 The Pivot now works!
  • 05:55 BONUS PRO TIP: Merging the Query with itself 🤯

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In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to use Pivot in Power Query effectively while avoiding common errors. With a well-designed setup and a clear explanation of the error, this tutorial walks you through each step in the process. The solution involves using Group By and adding an index column within the group for optimal results. As a bonus, you can find out how to merge the query with itself for even greater efficiency. Follow the provided links to download helpful resources and further expand your knowledge of Power BI and Excel solutions.

Learn about How to use Pivot in Power Query and avoid the errors (PLUS bonus at minute 6)

Pivot tables are a powerful tool in Power Query, but there are a few errors that can occur when using them. This tutorial will explain why these errors occur, and how to avoid them. The first step is to set up the query. Then, an error may occur when trying to pivot the data. This is due to a lack of unique values in the data. To get around this, a group by operation and an index column are needed within the group. When this is done, the pivot table will work. Lastly, a bonus tip is to merge the query with itself, which can be useful in some cases. With this knowledge, it is possible to use Pivot tables in Power Query and avoid errors.

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Keywords

Power Query, Pivot, Error, Group By, Index column, Merging Query