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Power Query: Blog List – Part 2

6 December 2023

Welcome to our Power Query blog.   I would like to get a list of all the Power Query blogs I have posted.  Today, I extend the query to extract data from all pages.


I started writing this blog series way back in 2016:

There have been many developments since then, some of which I have reported upon.  Since I am going to revisit more of the areas that have been improved, I am going to start with a reminder of what we have covered so far.  In order to do this, I am going to use Power Query in Power BI, since there are some functions that will help me to access web data, which are not yet recognised in Power Query (Get & Transform) in Excel.

Last week, I noted that to get a full list, I am going to need several pages:

I extracted and tidied up the data for the first page:

Now I am happy with this page, I shall go back to the website to check out the URL for the second page:

If I compare the URL I used for the first page:

to the URL for the second page:

I can see I have more characters, i.e. “?page=2”

If I go back to the query I created last week, and look at the source step:

It is reasonable to assume that I could add the characters “?page=1” to this, and still get the same results.  I try this:

As I expected, the results are the same.  However, I want to extract all the pages, therefore, I am going to use a parameter for the page number.  On the Home tab, I can create a ‘New Parameter’ from the ‘Manage Parameters’ dropdown: 

I create P_PageNumber:

I make this a ‘Decimal Number’ (since I do not have the option of making it a whole number) and give it an initial value of 1.  If I use this parameter in the Source step of my query, I should see no change to the data extracted.  Instead of the current M code:

= Web.BrowserContents("")

I need to use the following code:

= Web.BrowserContents(""&Number.ToText(P_PageNumber))

I need to use the function Number.ToText() for P_PageNumber, because the file location string is a character datatype, and P_PageNumber is a number.  As before, I can test that this works by checking that the results are the same:

Next time, I will convert this query into a function and generate a list of page numbers to concatenate my data.


Come back next time for more ways to use Power Query!