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Power Query: Riveting Results Part 4

5 January 2022

Welcome to our Power Query blog.  This week, I start to create a parameter from a cell in Excel.


My salespeople are taking a really long break.  This week, I continue looking at the exam results I created in Power Query: Riveting Results Part 1:

I will be grading the results, and I will be using this example to explore parameters.   Last week, I added parameters to the query Exam Results.

Whilst I can change these parameters in Power Query, I’d now like to have parameters that I can change from Excel.  On a new Excel Sheet, I have some data for the thresholds:

I start by defining a Name for the first threshold.  I can do this by selecting the cell and right-clicking:

I define the Name to be ‘Grade_9’:

I can now see this in Power Query.  In the Power Query Editor, I create a new Blank Query.  I can do this by right-clicking in the Queries pane (this is one of several methods to create a Blank Query):

In my Blank Query, I enter the following M code:

= Excel.CurrentWorkbook()

This will show me what is in the current Excel Workbook:

There is the Grade_9 I created.  The value will be in the ‘Table’ next to it.    

Next time, I will extract this data into a parameter, and look at why this is different from a parameter created from the ‘Manage Parameters’ dialog.


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