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Import data from local files with Power Query in Excel for Mac

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Hey, Insiders! My name is Inbar Privman, and I’m a Program Manager on the Excel team. I’m excited to share with you that now you can import data from local files with Power Query in Excel for Mac! 

Import data from local files 

Power Query is a powerful and timesaving set of tools that help you gather and analyze data quickly and easily. When we first released this technology in Excel for Mac, many of you were thrilled! 

After we introduced the capability to refresh data last year (see preview posts from May,  July, and October), we received many requests to add the ability to import data. We heard you! And, we’re happy to let you know that you can now import data from local files such as Excel workbooks, and Text and CSV files. 

How it works 

  1. On the Data tab, click the Get Data (Power Query)button on the ribbon. Excel worksheet with Get Data button selected
  2. In the Choose data source dialog box, selectExcel workbook or  Text/CSV. 

  3. Click Browse to select the local file and to connect to the data source. 

    Connect to Data Source dialog box

  4. After you select the local file you want, review its details, and then click the Next button. 

    Connection Settings screen

  5. Select the data you would like to import, and then click the Load button. 

    Choose Data dialog box with Load button selected

  6. The newly imported data appears in a new sheet.

New worksheet containing newly imported data


This feature is available to Beta Channel users running Version 16.50 (Build 21050400) or later. 

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