4 Ways to Refresh Power Query in Excel

Power Query is a very powerful tool provided by Microsoft for data cleaning. You can use this feature to import data from multiple sources and then do the transformation of these data, to get the desired output. One of the best parts of the power query feature in Excel is that you need not perform the same transformation steps each time you have additional data. Excel records and stores the steps performed initially and reuses these steps each time you have another set of data. You need to simply refresh the existing power query and the excel would automatically incorporate the new/changed data.

In this blog, we learn the multiple techniques to refresh power query data in excel.

If you are a newbie to power query and are not aware of the Excel power query feature, then please go through the overview of the power query.

Multiple Ways to Refresh Power Query in Excel

There are 4 different methods to refresh the power query in excel. You can choose any of these ways as per your preference.

  1. Using the mouse right-click option
  2. Refresh using the option on ‘Queries and Connections’ pane/window
  3. Refresh from ‘Query’ tab
  4. Using the ‘Power Query Editor’ window

Let us deep-dive into each of these methods one by one. The purpose and end result of all these above techniques is the same.

Refresh Using Right-Mouse Click Option

This is the most used and the easiest method to refresh the power query. Simply, right-click on the query report and select the option – ‘Refresh‘ as shown in the image below:

Right Click Refresh Power Query Excel

This would instantly refresh the power query report and you now have the updated list/output.

Refresh Power Query Using ‘Queries and Connections’ Pane

Another way of refreshing power query in Excel is by using the small ‘Refresh’ button on the ‘Queries and Connections’ window.

The ‘Queries and Connections‘ pane shows all the existing power queries in the active excel workbook. You can find this pane on the right of the excel window (as shown in the image below).

Queries and Connection Pane Excel

It may happen that your ‘Queries and Connections’ excel window is missing or has disappeared. To get it back simply activate the ‘Queries and Connections’ window using the steps shown below:

  • Select any cell in the data table, and then click on the ‘Data‘ ribbon tab.
  • Click on the option – ‘Queries and Connections‘ button.
Activate Queries and Connections Window

To instantly refresh the power query using the ‘Queries and Connections’ pane, simply click on the small ‘Refresh’ button as highlighted below:

Refresh Icon on Queries and Connections window
How to Refresh Power Query in Excel

Using ‘Refresh’ Button on Query Tab

Click anywhere on the report, and as a result you would see the ‘Query’ tab on the Excel ribbon.

There, click on the ‘Refresh‘ button under the group – ‘Load‘, as shown in the below image.

Refresh Power Query - Query Tab

This would quickly refresh your pivot table with recent source data.

Using Power Query Editor Window

To refresh your power query using the power query editor window, click any of the cell in the power query data and navigate to the ‘Query‘ tab > ‘Edit‘ button. See the image below:

Edit Power Query Excel

As a result, the ‘Power Query Editor‘ window would appear on your screen. Under the ‘Home‘ tab, click on the ‘Refresh‘ icon. See the image below.

Power Query Editor - Refresh Icon

Resultantly, the power query preview would refresh with the latest data. Once the refresh activity is completed, simply ‘Close and Load

Close and Load Power Query Excel

Finally, we have completed all the methods on how to refresh a power query in Excel.

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