Power Query or Get & Transform (In Excel 2016) lets you perform a series of steps to transform your Excel data.  You can do a lot of things and sometimes we end up with a fairly long query! One cool thing is you can split a query into two parts to make it more readable!

We will use an existing spreadsheet wherein we used Power Query to extract the names from this tutorial.

We extracted the names only from this:

Process Flat Data Using Modulo in Power Query

Into this resulting table:

Process Flat Data Using Modulo in Power Query

We want to split this query into two parts! Let us see how we can do it below.

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STEP 1: Let us edit the existing Query in the spreadsheet. Go to Data > Get & Transform > Show Queries

Split a Query into Two Parts

Double click on the query (Table1):

Split a Query into Two Parts

 

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

Our query contains two main sections:

  • Setup and Adding an Index Column
  • Using the Modulo to Filter rows

We want to separate these two sections as shown below.

Split a Query into Two Parts

We want to split it. Right click on Inserted Modulo and select Extract Previous

Split a Query into Two Parts

 

STEP 3: This is where the magic happens!

The steps on top will be moved to a new query. Type in the name Setup and Index.

Split a Query into Two Parts

Now it is split into two parts! See the first query Setup and Index.

Split a Query into Two Parts

It is then followed by the second query that has the modulo and filtering steps.

If you check the source of Query #2, you can see that its source is Query #1 Setup and Index. You have successfully split your query into two parts!

Split a Query into Two Parts

 

How to Split a Query into Two Parts in Power Query

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