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The most important changes made for the May 2017 Power BI Desktop update
Part four of a seven-part series of blogs

The May 2017 Power BI Update brings in a couple of nice new query transforms and some new chart features, but the big changes are still in preview mode.

  1. Updates in the May 2017 Edition of Power BI Desktop
  2. Support for Different Types of URLs in Tables and Textboxes
  3. New Table and Matrix Visualisations in the Offing
  4. Extracting Text Between Delimiters (this blog)
  5. New Binning Options
  6. Data labels in combination charts
  7. Combining Files - Option to Choose First File

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 17 May 2017

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Extracting Text Between Delimiters

This is my favourite feature in the May update, even though it's fairly small.  Suppose you want to import the message encoded in the following file:

The hidden message

You want to extract the text between the # and @ characters.

You import this text file into Power BI Desktop, then go to the Transform menu:

The Transform menu

Choose the Transform tab on the ribbon.

You can now choose to extract the data between delimiters:

Text between delimiters

Choose to extract the text between two delimiters.


Choose the delimiters to use:

Start and end delimiters

The delimiters to use for this example.

Hidden message revealed

The words between the delimiter spell out a Macronian message.


Whether I'll ever use this I don't know, but it's still a nice idea!

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