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Power BI and Excel

Excel is a powerful, flexible tool for every analytics activity. Combine it with Power BI for broad data analytics and visualization capabilities to easily gather, shape, analyze, and explore key business data in new ways—all in less time.

Six ways Excel users save time with Power BI

  • Quickly start creating stunning interactive dashboards by easily transferring all of your current Excel queries, data models, and reports to Power BI—without learning a new application or language.
  • Get the right data instantly when you open your dashboard—without having to take any additional action. Set your Power Pivot data to refresh manually or automatically at any frequency you choose.
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  • Display ranges of data, charts, and tables on a Power BI dashboard—combining data from multiple sources—by connecting your Excel workbooks to Power BI.
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  • Get rich, interactive visualizations and the ability to query by asking natural language questions by extending your Excel data models to your Power BI reports. Empower colleagues of varying ability and experience levels—even Excel novices—to understand your insights and discover their own.
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  • Get advanced custom visualization, modeling, and predictive capabilities for advanced analytics workflows in Power BI by running R scripts and using R-powered custom visuals.
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  • Easily work with Power BI data in Excel for ad-hoc analysis. With a single click, connect to your data models directly from Excel to create powerful PivotTables and charts.
    A screenshot of a dialog window in Excel for setting up a connection to Power BI
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