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Parsing out several rows in one cell


within my data set, i have a column that has several different rows within the same cell.  any ideas how i can parse out each one of these rows to a new column.  I am specifcally wanting any data value that begins with "DSL" below is an image of my data set.


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Hi @mmills2018 

Could you share a sample with me by your Onedrive for Business? 

And show me the result you want.

This will make it easier for me to understand your requirement.


Best Regards,

Rico Zhou


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unfortunately, i can't because of the data sensitivity.  i have a column (see image below), there are several line items in once cell.  I wanted to only parse out that data that starts with 'DSL', so i want to create another column with the 'DSL' data parsed out..


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did you get a chance to look into this?

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@mmills2018can you try this

    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45Wcgn2ickrzs9NVShLzClNjcnLL8lILYJwlGJ1opXwyQE1G0J0V8AkK5RiYwE=", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [String = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"String", type text}}),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(#"Changed Type", "Custom", each if Text.StartsWith([String],"DSL") then Text.Split([String],"#(lf)") else {}),
    #"Added Custom1" = Table.AddColumn(#"Added Custom", "Custom.1", each List.First([Custom])),
    #"Removed Columns" = Table.RemoveColumns(#"Added Custom1",{"Custom"})
    #"Removed Columns"

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thanks! am i creating a custom column?

Helper IV
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@richbenmintz hello! any update on this?

Hi @mmills2018 ,


First step would be to Replace the Carriage Returns with a special Character like a pipe |, then you can filter out the DSL rows, then you can split them.


I hope that makes sense.


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Hi @mmills2018,


What is the delimeter between the strings, and are they always consistent?

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The delimited uses special charaters it is a line feed.  The issue i have with using the line feed, is I really only want the values that begin with "DSL" so from the picture below, splitting by a delimiter, some with have DSL in column Talent Pools.1.1 and some will have "L&D" in column Talent Pools 1.1.  I want one column for "DSL"power bi.png

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