Issue - Mar 2016
Extracting data from the web could be as easy as just copy and paste. But sometimes, the data does not turn up the way we see it on the web. One reason is the way the data is organised on the web using the different html languages available. If this is happening to you, you may want to know that this problem could be solved using Web Query, a relatively unknown function in Excel. Not only can Web Query extract data neatly from the web, it can also help to extract updated data on a regular basis. For example, there is a report that I came across that is updated on a weekly basis. If I am to pull the data once, I would have used copy and paste. But because the report is updated weekly, I choose to pull the data using Web Query. After I have seup Web Query, all I have to do is to open my Excel file and it would go to the designated url by itself to get the latest data. If you are currenly facing a similar problem, you may want to find out if Web Query is the function you are looking for all this while. You can go to http://www.advanced-excel.com/cot.html to learn how Web Query is setup step by step.
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