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Power Query change column with numbers and text into decimal

Hi everyone, 

I am currently working with the App "Scroller" in Power BI. And in order to add data/tables to Scroller they have to be decimals (it doesnt get texts). 

I am working with data like this (+0.23ct), (-0.75bp),(+1.75%) etc. which is classified as text in Query but I want it to be classified as "decimals". 

However, when I change it in Query, I either get an Error or ct and bp get changed into %. 


Does anyone know how to solve this? Thank you all in advance! 🙂 

Super User II
Super User II

You have to get rid of the "ct", "bp" parts of the data.  This is just general data cleaning.

You can do this by 'Replace Value' feature. (right-click the column heading to find that )

or 'Split column by delimiter' feature (right-click column heading and choose the appropriate option)

There are lots of ways to do it.

Then change the data type to decimal

Thanks for your quick reply. However, I want to show the ct and bp together with the numbers. 

But unfortunately, Scroller is only able the read decimals tables here (I'm adding the table to "Measure Deviation" in Scroller).

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Squirrel15 ,


How about this:


1. Create two custom column.




    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45W0jbQMzJOLlGK1YlW0jXQMzdNKgCztQ2BbFWl2FgA", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Column1 = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Column1", type text}}),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(#"Changed Type", "Custom", each if Text.Contains([Column1],"%") then Text.Start([Column1],Text.Length([Column1])-1) else Text.Start([Column1],Text.Length([Column1])-2)),
    #"Added Custom1" = Table.AddColumn(#"Added Custom", "Custom.1", each if Text.Contains([Column1],"%") then Text.End([Column1],1) else Text.End([Column1],2)),
    #"Changed Type1" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(#"Added Custom1",{{"Custom", type number}, {"Custom.1", type text}})
    #"Changed Type1"



2. Put "Custom.1" column into "Category" field and "Custom" column into "Measure Deviation".




Best Regards,



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Frequent Visitor

Hi Icey, 

first of all thank you for helping! 

Unfortunately, this doesnt solve my problem 😕 


I want the output of the Scroller to look sth. like this: Dax 12.357 (here this green thing going up) +2.4% - Bund Future 175,34 (red thing going down) -2bp etc. 


I still havent found a way to put this -2bp etc into the Measure deviation, so it shows both the number (2) and the text (bp). 


Any ideas here?

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Squirrel15 ,


To my knowledge, "bp" doesn't support in Power BI currently.

You can post your idea on Power BI Ideas forum. It is a place for customers to provide feedback about Power BI.



Best regards



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