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Pattern Matching in Power Query

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In Power Query there is no tool yet for matching regular expressions (patterns).
Only in Power BI we can run scripts in R and Python, hopefully these languages will be added to Excel Power Query.

Until then, to solve this problem, with a little imagination, we can design our own pattern matching process.

Here is a file you can download and test:

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Download Excel App to Fill Out PDF Forms

Excel App to Fill Out PDF Forms

In an older article: Use Excel to populate PDF Form Fields, I presented a manual method to transport data between Excel and PDF forms, that can be used without a paid version of Adobe Acrobat.

If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro installed, then you can use an Excel App to Fill Out PDF Forms automatically, directly from Excel. Read More

LEN function: Basic and Advanced Examples

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LEN function type: Text

Description: Returns the number of characters in a text string
LEN is a basic function widely used, many formulas built for text processing will need this function.

Take a look at the advanced applications examples:

Applications:

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SUBSTITUTE function: Basic and Advanced Examples

SUBSTITUTE function type: Text

Description: Substitutes the old text with new text in a text string

Beyond its basic use, which is fairly simple, the SUBSTITUTE function can be very useful combined with other functions, to get your desired results.
Take a look at the advanced applications examples:

Applications:

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Working with Excel Functions and Formulas

In this article on Excel Functions and Formulas :

1. Excel Intellisense: Formula AutoComplete
2. Working with Insert Excel Functions Wizard
3. Debug Complex Formulas: The Magic F9 and Ctrl+Z
4. Display items using display triggers

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Can’t Open Pivot Table Source file

Can’t Open Pivot Table Source…

Like a good Excel fan, I switched to Excel 2016 to try the new version.

While working on a Dashboard for a client, with a lot of Pivot Tables and charts in it, at some point, after moving some pivot tables and charts into other sheets, within the same workbook, I received this unexpected error message – Can’t Open Pivot Table Source:

Cannot Open Pivot Table Source file

Can’t Open Pivot Table Source file

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Working With a Defined Name

What is a Defined Name?

 

In Excel, you have the option to assign a Name to a cell, or to a Range of cells. This name is reffered to as a Defined Name.

A Defined Name will give more flexibility than before, you can refer to it in your formulas, or chart series.

Also, the name can be located anywhere in your workbook, you don’t need to use cell or range references.

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Selecting Excel Table Components

Selecting Excel Table Components is slightly different from selecting normal ranges in a worksheet, because we have 3 Excel Table Components which are special ranges: Read More

Order of Precedence

The Order of Precedence used by Excel to calculate formulas is extremely important to know when building complex formulas.

Of course, Excel will respect all mathematical rules you learned in school, there are only a few more Operators in Excel: the Range Operators, single Space Operator, Union Operator, the Concatenation Operator and the Exponentiation Operator.

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Excel Table Components

What is a Defined Table?

An Excel Defined Table is a special object in Excel which adds a lot of new options and functionalities when working with data ranges. With Defined Tables, you can manipulate data more easily than before, adding power and flexibility to your applications.

To create a Defined Table, select the data range, or simply select any cell within the data range, and click the Table button from the Insert tab from Ribbon. The keyboard shortcut key is Ctrl+T to create a Defined Table.

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