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Export Power Query to CSV

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    Power Query is an essential tool for data transformation and preparation in Excel, and exporting your queries to CSV format unlocks additional flexibility and control. The ability to export to CSV not only facilitates opening data in Excel for further manipulation but also serves as a solution for handling restricted, hidden, or confidential information by saving it locally. On this page, we'll delve into the specifics of Power Query, provide a detailed guide on exporting your Power Query to a CSV file, explore various use cases for CSV exports, introduce Sourcetable as an alternative for managing large datasets, and answer your frequently asked questions about the process. Whether you're looking to enhance your data analysis or ensure secure data storage, understanding how to efficiently export to CSV can be a game-changer for your workflow.

    What is Power Query?

    Power Query is a data connectivity and data preparation technology developed by Microsoft. It functions as a data transformation and data preparation engine, designed to facilitate the extract, transform, and load (ETL) processing of data. Power Query provides a graphical interface that supports a wide range of data sources, allowing users to connect, reshape, and refine data to meet their needs.

    The tool features the Power Query Editor, which is the primary user interface for applying data transformations. This editor allows users to perform over 300 different data transformations, including smart AI-based transformations. For advanced customization, Power Query uses the M language, enabling users to fine-tune these transformations to a high degree of specificity.

    Power Query boasts integration with a multitude of Microsoft products, enhancing its versatility and appeal. The skillset learned in one Microsoft product is transferable to Power Query implementations in other products due to its consistent interface and functionality across platforms. Additionally, Power Query supports the creation of custom connectors and transformations, which can be shared with others, further extending its utility and collaborative potential.

    In the realm of data services, Power Query includes connectors like the Power Query Dataverse connector, which serves as a replacement for the Common Data Service (Legacy) connector. While the legacy connector is still utilized in specific scenarios, particularly where the Dataverse connector does not support certain data types, it is anticipated to be deprecated following the complete migration of features to the Dataverse connector.

    Exporting Data from Power Query to a CSV File

    Using the Output Button in Power Query

    After loading up to 3 million rows of data in Power Query, you can export this data to a CSV file. Locate the fourth button on the ribbon, which is labeled as the "Output" button. This button is distinguished by a small triangle underneath it. By pressing this small triangle, a dropdown menu appears. From this menu, select the "File" option to initiate the export process.

    Keyboard Shortcut for Exporting to CSV

    Alternatively, once the "File" option has been selected as the output destination, you can simply press F5 on your keyboard. This action will trigger Power Query to export the loaded data directly into a CSV file format, streamlining your workflow.

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    Streamline Your Data Workflow with Sourcetable

    Move beyond the limitations of traditional CSV exports and experience the efficiency of Sourcetable for importing your Power Query data directly into a dynamic spreadsheet environment. By leveraging Sourcetable's capabilities, you can sync live data from a wide array of apps and databases, ensuring that your information is always up to date and accurate.

    Sourcetable simplifies the process of data consolidation, making it effortless to bring together information from multiple sources. Its user-friendly spreadsheet interface allows you to query and analyze your data without the need for complex software. This seamless integration is not only a time-saver but also enhances your business intelligence and automation capabilities. Choose Sourcetable for a smarter, more integrated approach to managing your data.

    Common Use Cases

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      Analyzing Power BI data in Excel
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      Sharing the underlying report data with a colleague
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      Utilizing other tools like R or Python with Power BI data

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I export the final Power Query output to a CSV file?

    To export the final Power Query output to a CSV file, use the 'Output' button on the ribbon, press the small triangle under the 'Output' button, select 'File', and then press F5.

    Can I export to CSV without using DAX?

    Yes, you can export to CSV without using DAX by following the steps provided through the 'Output' button on the ribbon.

    How can I export the Power Query output to CSV during the refresh process?

    To export the Power Query output to CSV during the refresh process, use the given steps with the 'Output' button as part of your refresh routine.


    Exporting data from Power Query to CSV format is a straightforward process with the "Output" button located as the fourth button on the ribbon, allowing you to export data directly from Power Query or Power BI desktop. For those seeking advanced querying capabilities, Dax Studio provides the option to export to CSV using the EVALUATE command. However, users must be aware of export limitations and protections, such as data sensitivity and export restrictions. Remember that instead of exporting to CSV, you can use Sourcetable to import data directly into a spreadsheet, streamlining your workflow and ensuring data stays protected and within control. Sign up for Sourcetable to get started and make your data management more efficient and secure.

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