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atisenbe Frequent Visitor
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Double column headings

I am wondering if its possible to use a spreadsheet from excel with two column headings formatted like the example below in Power BI


                                                     Procedure 1                                 Procedure 2                                  

Batch ID, Date, Batch Volume    # of operators, time, man hours     # of operators, time, man hours


Where Batch ID is cell A2, Date is cell B2, batch volume is cell C2, # if operators is D2, time is E2, man hours is F2, and procedure 1 is merged to fit to the cells below it D2,E2, and F2.

Procedure 1 and two are in row 1, where as the rest of the headings are in row 2. 


I am trying to track man hours per batch using the following template, where as a new batch will be entered into a new row. I would like to be able to integrate this excel spread sheet into power bi and track the time it takes for each procedure in each batch. Is there a way this will work with power bi? Or do I need to set up my table differently in order to incorporate it into power bi? If so, any ideas?



Moderator v-yuezhe-msft

Re: Double column headings


Power BI can’t directly recognize the double column headings when you import the Excel file with above format into it.

You can set up your table as follows, then import it into Power BI and create a Matrix visual( shown in second screenshot) which is suitable for you to track man hours per batch.


Another option is to unpivot your nested headings using PowerQuery:

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