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Power Query: Keeping it Current – Part 1

6 July 2022

Welcome to our Power Query blog. This week, I copy a query to the workbook data has been extracted from.

In Power Query: Sheets Ahead  – Part 1,  I uploaded data from multiple sheets into another workbook.  I had some simple monthly data:

This sheet is for January; I had a similar sheet in the same workbook for February:

I created a query that not only concatenated this data, but also included the sheets for other months as they appeared if I refreshed it.  This query was in a separate workbook:

The query created a Table in the separate workbook:

However, what if I needed to create this Table in the original workbook?

I want to demonstrate the differences and the challenges when I move from concatenating data in an external workbook to the current workbook.  I start by taking a copy of Monthly Sales.  There are several ways I can do this, as I described in Power Query: It’s Good to Share (a Query).  I choose to right-click on my query and ‘Copy’:

Then, I open the workbook containing the original data. 

It currently has no queries as I can see if I use the ‘Queries & Connections’ button on the Data tab.  If I right-click in the ‘Queries & Connections’ pane, I have a paste option:

When I paste my query, the results don’t look good!

The message is telling me the query can’t access the workbook because I have it open.  This is true since it is this workbook.  However, I have the M code, and I can change it to work with my current workbook.  I will be doing this next time.


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