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How to append only specified columns?



I am appending several tables into 1 big table. I don't need all the columns so I have manually deleted the unnecessary columns after the append. Please can you tell me how to specify which columns I want to append, so that I don't have to then manually delete the columns that aren't required? Or is it not possible?





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If this is about Power Query, then you can simply select the columns you require, rather than removing the unnecessary columns.

Specializing in Power Query Formula Language (M)

Hi Marcel, I'm using query editor (accessed via the "Edit Queries" button). Then I'm going to "Home" -> "Append Queries" -> "Append Queries as New", then I see the below screenshot. Please can you tell me how to select which columns to append (currently I can only see how to append entire tables)?:


screenshot append.JPG




Actually you can't select columns during the append step, but you can select prior to, or after, the append.


What I meant, is that you can either:

  • remove unwanted columns (select the columns, right-click and choose "Remove", resulting in code using Table.RemoveColumns), or
  • select required columns (select the columns, righ-click and choose "Remove Other Columns", resulting in code using Table,SelectColumns).

In below example, from Source table with columns1-10, columns1-3 result after selection/removal:


    Source = #table(10,{{1..10}}),
    #"Removed Other Columns" = Table.SelectColumns(Source,{"Column1", "Column2", "Column3"}),
    #"Removed Columns" = Table.RemoveColumns(Source,{"Column4", "Column5", "Column6", "Column7", "Column8", "Column9", "Column10"})
    #"Removed Columns"


So I was reacting to "I have manually deleted the unnecessary columns after the append" with the intention to state that you don't need to indicate which columns must be deleted; instead you can also indicate which columns need to be kept.

It was not my intention to state that you would be able to select columns during the append step; you can't.

Specializing in Power Query Formula Language (M)

You can specify specific colums during the Append step using Table.SelectColumns, as in:

 Table.Combine({#"Query 1", Table.SelectColumns(#"Query 2", "Column Name")})

Hello @BradZehr,


I had the same issue. I followed the same logic that your script has, but I didn't know how to write it. As far as I understand Power Query this is the most efficient way to do what @CloudMonkey  wanted to achieve. Thank you for your help! Already implemented your code and works perfectly 😄


Super kudo for you 👍  

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