With the Query Editor, you can navigate, define, and perform data transform operations over a data source. To display the Query Editor dialog box, connect to a data source, and click Edit Query in the Navigator pane or double-click a query in the Workbook Queries pane. To connect to a data source, see Import data from external data sources. For a quick introduction on how to load the Query Editor, see Power Query Quick Start.
The query editor has the following user interface elements:
- Query Editor ribbon.
- Navigator pane that enables you to browse structured data sources to find the data table that you want to query.
- Context menus are specific to an element, such as a table column, within the editor preview grid.
- Preview grid that displays a preview of data from the results of each query step. You interact within the Preview pane to shape data to reduce and rearrange one or more tables into a subject table to match your data analysis requirements. For more information about shaping data, see Shape data.
- Query Settings pane that includes each query step. A step is each of the data acquisition or data transformation tasks applied on a query. For more information about how to edit query steps, see Edit query step properties.