Exercise: Import and link tables from 4 different data sources

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Category ==> Power BI - Excel 2013  (23 exercises)
Topic ==> Using Excel tables  (1 exercise)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Course ==> PowerPivot / Excel Power BI
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This should be a simple exercise: just create a pivot table showing the number of stores in each region!

What could possibly be difficult about that? Well, unfortunately the gods of misfortune have blown on our tables, and scattered them into four different types of data source: a linked Excel table, an imported Excel workbook, an Access database and a Word document.

Open the workbook called Stores in the above folder.  Use the PowerPivot tab to add this table to your data model:

Table of stores

Now rename your table in the PowerPivot data model.


Next, go into Word and open up the document called Regions in the above folder.  Copy the table of regions, and paste it into PowerPivot to get a second table:

Table of regions

Looking at these tables, you can't tell they come from completely different formats.

Now use the option shown below to import the table called tblCentre from the Access database called Geography:

Importing from Access

Use this option in PowerPivot to import the required table.  You don't need to type in a user name or password.


Finally, use this option to import a table of towns from the Excel workbook called Towns in the above folder, using this option:

From other sources

Scroll down to the bottom to find Excel!


You should now be able to create relationships in Diagram View between the tables, to get the following field list for an Excel pivot table:

Excel field list

The field list in Excel, with unnecessary tables and columns hidden.


You can now use this to create the following pivot table:

Stores by region

The number of stores for each region.


Save this as Counting stores, and then have a think about how you could use this amazing tool back in your office!

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