Power Query (in Excel 2010 & 2013) or Get & Transform (in Excel 2016) lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.

One of the steps it allows you to do is to remove columns easily.

This is helpful when you have columns that you want to eliminate and do not need in your final report – but do want to keep in your source data.

Let’s suppose you have the following source data below.  You can see that the marked column is the one we want removed, so let us get rid of it!

Remove Columns Using Power Query or Get & Transform

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STEP 1: Select your data and turn it into an Excel Table by pressing the shortcut Ctrl + T or by going to Insert > Table

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STEP 2: Go to Data > Get & Transform > From Table (Excel 2016) or Power Query > Excel Data > From Table (Excel 2013 & 2010)

Excel 2016:

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Excel 2013 & 2010:

Remove Columns Using Power Query or Get & Transform

 

STEP 3: This will open up the Power Query Editor.

Select the column(s) you want to remove.  TIP: Hold the CTRL key to select multiple columns.

Go to Home > Remove Columns > Remove Columns

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STEP 4: Click Close & Load from the Home tab and this will open up a brand new worksheet in your Excel workbook with the cleaned table.

Remove Columns Using Power Query or Get & Transform

You now have your new table with the column removed!

Remove Columns Using Power Query or Get & Transform

Remove Columns Using Power Query or Get & Transform

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