How to use power query concatenate function? There are times when we want to perform such tasks that are not built in the user interface i.e. features that are not available on the ribbon. But still, this can be possible with Power Query’s programming language which is called M language.
Power Query Concatenate Data using ‘M’ Language
Initially, we will do a simple example of merging the first name and the last name into a new column. This can be done with the help of Power Query CONCATENATE formula. Check out Power Query Top 10 Tips & Tricks. However, we will use easy steps for you to understand how to use ‘M’ in Power Query.
Step 1: Load data in Microsoft Power Query
Load the data in Power Query and check the data that you want to concatenate. As shown in the below picture, we are going to use Power query concatenate the Name and Surname columns together.
Step 2: Add Custom Column in Power Query
Custom Column feature allows writing a query in M language. Therefore, we have to use a Custom Column feature here. Go to-
Add Column > Custom Column
Step 3: Write a custom column formula using M Language
To concatenate two columns in Power Query we have to write a formula in the formula box as given below
The Ampersand (&) will combine the values together. To add space in the middle, double quotes are used.
Step 4: Close & Apply
Click on Close and Apply button after you can see power query combine columns and get the concatenated column added to your data table as shown below.
You can learn more :
- Replicating Excel’s Find Function With ‘M’ in Excel
- Get The Length Of Strings Using ‘M’ in Excel
- Best Ways to Add Column From Examples in Power Query
- Read How to Add Conditional Column in Power Query
Overview: Here are the basic steps to Concatenate Data using ‘M’ in Query
- Load data in Power Query
- Add Custom Column
- Write custom column formula
- Now, Close and Apply