Links

There are a lot of really smart people that work with Excel and share their ideas on how to solve particular problems.  This is a page of links that I have found that solve particular problems.  I am sharing them here so others can use them, but also so I can find them again next time I need them.

Power Pivot Links

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Which versions of Office have Power Pivot? https://technet.microsoft.com/en-au/office/dn788955.aspx?f=255&MSPPError=-2147217396
Combine more than one file of identical structure into a single table in PowerPivot by editing the Data Source http://www.contextures.com/PowerPivot-Identical-Excel-Files.htm
What is eating up my memory the PowerPivot / Excel edition http://www.powerpivotblog.nl/what-is-eating-up-my-memory-powerpivot-excel-edition/
DAX Formatter. This is a great tool to format your DAX code using spacing and new lines to make it easier to read http://www.daxformatter.com/
DAX Patterns. This is an interesting website that explains different DAX concepts and ‘how’ they can be reused to get particular outcomes http://www.daxpatterns.com/
PowerPivot and SharePoint This is a very good article that talks about the limitations of hosting PowerPivot Workbooks on SharePoint. http://whitepages.unlimitedviz.com/2013/08/power-bi-office-365-and-file-size-limits-be-careful/
Power Pivot Broken?
Recently I had an issue where PowerPivot for Excel 2013 just stopped working. I tried all the normal tricks of disabling the addin and re-enabling it. This time it was really broken. I found this link, ran the automatic repair tool for PowerPivot (there is one for Power View too) and all fixed.
Another option to try is first to run Excel in Safe mode (goto run and type “Excel.exe /safe” without the quotes), then turn off all Com Addins, then shut down Excel, restart in normal mode and turn them back on.
http://blogs.technet.com/
Memory Consumption.
A colleague of mine Scott Senkeresty at Tiny Lizard recently did some investigation into Kasper de Jong’s PowerPivot Workbook Memory VBA code. He has enhanced that code and made a new more complete version available. You can find it at the provided link.
http://tinylizard.com/2014/09/26/script-update-what-is-eating-up-my-memory-in-power-pivot/
Nested Filters in Measures
I was doing some work for a client and need to work out how to refer to an Earlier row context in a Measure. Quick search found this:
http://javierguillen.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/can-earlier-be-used-in-dax-measures/
VBA Data Model for PowerPivot
There was a very good blog post by Dany Hoter on Rob’s blog that explains how to use the VBA data model for PowerPivot v 2013. Here is the link
http://www.powerpivotpro.com/2014/07/adding-tables-to-a-model-from-vba-in-excel-2013/
DAX As a Query Language
This is a good blog post I found that covers the basics of DAX as a query language
https://www.simple-talk.com/sql/reporting-services/using-dax-to-retrieve-tabular-data/
DAX Black Magic
This is a good blog post I found that explains how “black magic” works where the data table filters the lookup table. Warning, you really need to have some understanding of SQL and DB design to understand this.
http://mdxdax.blogspot.com.au/2011/03/logic-behind-magic-of-dax-cross-table.html
Unnofficial Memory Patch for 32 bit Excel http://ntcore.com/4gb_patch.php
Official Microsoft Memory Patch for 32 bit Excel https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3160741
Excel 2016 losing data model on save? There’s a fix for that. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3114297
OLAP Pivot Table Extensions for Excel 2016. http://olappivottableextend.codeplex.com/
Chart of Accounts/Income Statement – Derek Rickard YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojHZkWkEY7Q
Connect to the Power Pivot Data Model from an External Program (Marco Russo) http://sqlblog.com/blogs/marco_russo/archive/2014/02/26/connecting-to-powerpivot-from-an-external-program-such-as-tableau.aspx

Power Query Links

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Power Query TechNet Forum http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?forum=powerquery
Use Power Query to combine data from identical files into a single table http://datapigtechnologies.com/blog/index.php/using-power-query-to-combine-data-from-multiple-excel-files-into-one-table/
Use Power Query to Access Files and Document Libraries in SharePoint http://thesharepointfarm.com/2013/08/excel-power-query-loading-sharepoint-document-library-data/
Power Query Reference Documentation https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt211003.aspx
More Power Query Reference Documentation, including links down the bottom of the page for some PDF documentation http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/learn-about-power-query-formulas-HA104003958.aspx
How to fix the error microsoft.ace.oledb 12.0 provider is not registered error http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/connect-to-an-excel-or-csv-file-HA104019757.aspx
A fix for the dreaded Power Query error “Please remove and re-add the connection”
http://exceleratorbi.com.au/solved-power-query-issues-with-power-pivot-exception-from-hresult-0x80020009/
Query Folding
http://www.thebiccountant.com/2015/09/17/filter-sql-server-queries-with-excel-tables-query-folding-limitations-and-bug-workaround/
Excellent Video on Advanced uses for Power Query https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DBI-B410#fbid=

Power BI Links

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The official Microsoft Power BI Blog, with regular updates about everthing that is new http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powerbi/
How to create a local Power BI desktop file and have it sync automatically to the Power BI service with OneDrive. Here https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/powerbi-refresh-desktop-file-onedrive/
or Here http://community.powerbi.com/t5/Desktop/Using-BI-Desktop-with-Excel-File-in-OneDrive-for-Business/m-p/18566#M5511
Power BI Support, Ideas and Self Help https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/support/
An excellent article and video from “Guy in a Cube” Adam Saxon about the various options to share your Power BI reports in the Power BI Service. https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/tech-tip-thursday-sharing-your-data/

Excel/VBA Links

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An excellent learning resource for learning VBA http://www.vbaexceltutorial.com
Count unique values in a list using the VBA Collection Object. Look for the solution referencing the Collection Object http://stackoverflow.com/questions/23035511/count-the-unique-values-in-one-column-in-excel-2010-or-r-with-1-million-rows
A great resource with lots of samples of how to work with Pivot Tables using VBA http://www.contextures.com/xlPivot11.html
Ever want to give Microsoft feedback about Excel, or influence a new feature? This is the site you need. https://excel.uservoice.com/
Need help from Microsoft to get Power Pivot working with your version of Office? Go to this link and select “Office” https://support.microsoft.com/en-us
A nice way to provide a list of values in an Excel workbook, and then apply that list as a filter in a Pivot Table. http://www.thebiccountant.com/2015/08/21/want-to-filter-a-pivottable-based-on-an-external-range-or-list/

Interesting Free Data Sets

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NSW Crime Stats http://data.gov.au/dataset/nsw-crime-data
Various World Stats – Hans Rosling site http://www.gapminder.org/
Good free calendar for PowerPivot from the Azure Marketplace http://datamarket.azure.com/dataset/boyanpenev/datestream

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