Power Query or Get & Transform (In Excel 2016) lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.

But what if your data source is not in your Excel spreadsheet but located on your desktop?

If it’s inside a CSV file – Comma Separated Values which is denoted by a .csv file extension & where the columns are separated by commas – it’s very easy to import data from csv and right into Power Query! 

It’s very common nowadays to get data in the comma-delimited format.

Let’s suppose you have this set of data from the csv file:

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

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STEP 1:

Using Excel 2016 (screenshot below)

Go to Data > New Query > From File > From CSV

Using Excel 2013 or Excel 2010

Go to Power Query > From File > From CSV

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

 

Select the csv file that contains the data.  Click Import.

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

 

A preview of the csv data will be shown.  If it looks good, press Edit.

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

 

STEP 2: This will open up the Power Query Editor.

Go to Home > Transform > Use First Row As Headers

This will give your table the correct Column Headers.

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

 

STEP 3: Click Close & Load from the Home tab and this will open up a brand new worksheet in your Excel workbook with the imported table.

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

You now have your new table from the csv file!

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

Import Data from CSV in Excel

Import Data from CSV Using Power Query

 

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