You Asked for It: A Journey to Power Query in Excel for Mac Starts Now!

By Office Feature PM on May 30, 2019

Hello, I’m Guy, a Program Manager working on the Excel team. I’m here today with another story about the power of feedback from the Office Insiders community!

When we first integrated the Power Query technology in Excel for Windows, we got a lot of feedback that people love it! It is a truly powerful and time-saving set of tools to gather and shape data fast and easily in Excel. But we also heard from our Mac Office Insiders community that you want Power Query to be supported in Excel for Mac, as well. “Excel for Mac is a toy without Power Query!”, some of you said.

And we heard you! We got our best engineers working on this project, and today we are glad to announce the first step in a journey to support Power Query in Excel for Mac. In this release, you can refresh your Power Query queries on Mac from Text, CSV, XLSX, XML and JSON files.

Excel for Mac Data Ribbon with the Refresh All button highlighted

Getting started

The new functionality is live for all Office Insiders Fast customers in Excel for Mac version 16.26 (19052200) and later.

UPDATE! This feature is now also available to Insider Slow customers running 16.27 (19070800) and later.

Scenarios to try

Refresh your workbook queries as you would usually do (for example, via Data > Refresh All or VBA). Note that the refresh will work only for those queries that pull data from text, CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON files.

You may need to update the file path so that it works on your Mac. Click Data > Connections > select the connection that failed to refresh > and click Change File Path to update it.


We’d love to hear from you! Let us know what you think and submit your feedback using Send a Smile/Frown (Send us a Smile 😊 or Frown ☹ button at the top right)!

Excel for Mac top bar with Smile button highlighted

Posted in Excel, Feature Deep Dives, Insider Fast, Insider Slow, Mac

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