Power Query lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.

One of the possible steps that surprised me was that I could list out the files in my computer! 

This is useful if you want to do some analysis on your file list (i.e. finding a file, checking which files have the biggest size to clear up space).

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Let’s go through the steps in detail:

STEP 1: Go to Data > New Query > From File > From Folder

(In Excel 2010 & 2013 you need to go to Power Query > From File > From Folder)

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STEP 2: Type in the path you want to list the files from.  You can also Browse for the folder.  Click OK.

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STEP 3: This will give you a preview the file list.  Click Edit to examine it more inside the Power Query editor.

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STEP 4: You are now inside the Power Query Window.

You can add more information into your Table by clicking the Icon beside Attributes.

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For example we want to include the Size column.  Uncheck (Select All Columns) and check Size.  Click OK.

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The size column is now shown.

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STEP 5: Click Close & Load from the Home tab and this will automatically open up a brand new worksheet in your Excel workbook with the new data.

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You now have your spanking new file list!

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