Text Contains in an IF Statement

I need to put the decimal value 10 in a field on a row if the person’s name is John and they are older than 50.

I take it I need to use Text.Contains - but hj how doe I do this in an IF command



Book13.xlsx (9.6 KB)


Give this a go:

    Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45W8srPyFMIzs0syVDSUQrIzEtVCC4BskwtlGJ1opWCE3NyKhWcivLL84CCzk4uQNLIQCk2FgA=", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Name = _t, Address = _t, Age = _t]),
    #"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Name", type text}, {"Address", type text}, {"Age", Int64.Type}}),
    #"Added Custom" = Table.AddColumn(#"Changed Type", "Custom", each if Text.Contains( [Name], "John" ) = false then null else if [Age] > 50 then 10 else null)
    #"Added Custom"

Hi Brian

Could you send your file in xlsx format - thank You



To my knowledge, there’s no way to convert a PBIX file to XLSX. Monkey Tools has import of Power BI data model into Excel in its future roadmap, but this feature has not yet been implemented.

  • Brian

The Excel version does not allow for this type of nested LET statements (it might allow others, but this one did not want to work)

So, I had to make a new Query for this portion of the query

let _t = ((type nullable text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [Name = _t, Address = _t, Age = _t]),

The attached xlsx file has Table1 (loaded from your example @AllisterB, an the _t table that does the magic


The solution is still the one presented by @BrianJ :slight_smile: Book13.xlsx (150.7 KB)

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Thanks very much.

It’s the weirdest thing - I’ve used Excel since the late 1980s and at one point definitely would have been considered an expert (literally - I built complex Excel models that I testified to in Federal court as an expert witness). But if you were to watch me with it today, you would think I was a complete noob. Other than occasional forays into Analyze in Excel to debug a complex PBI measure, all I use Excel for these days is a place to connect Get Data to in Power BI. It’s like going back to visit an old neighborhood that you barely recognize anymore…

  • Brian
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No worries, I still have to visit that old neighborhood, and work in it frequently - in fact, I’m facilitating some Excel training tomorrow afternoon for our Sales team.

As for PowerBi, the first trainer I worked with taught everything in both Excel and the Desktop. At first, I only wanted PowerBi for the ETL capabilities, the DAX was a major frustration. In fact, because I didn’t have a version of Excel that could use the Power Query addin, I was doing things in Desktop and then copying it back into Excel! :laughing:

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