Excel Live Currency Exchange Rate with Web Query

If you want to create a table of exchange rates that can be updated live in Excel, you have come to the right place. In this article you will learn how to retrieve exchange rates using a Get & Transform web query, also known as a PowerQuery query. You will also learn how to turn that query into a function that can be used in another query to populate a table of exchange rates.

The API I will use to do this is the currency.com API. You can find the documentation at https://currency.com/api. For a free API I find this is pretty good. There is no need to authenticate yourself to get a rate. More expensive APIs such as XE.com might be of interest if you need to retrieve more niche currency pairs or more recent data.

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Import an HTML Table into Excel

In this article, I will show you how to import an HTML table into Excel. This will work for any data from a local HTML file or online URL that is stored in a table. I will import the HTML table in a way that the data can be updated if it changes, which is particularly valuable for online data. This will be done using a Get & Transform Query. As such, this method is only compatible with the Windows version of Microsoft Excel.

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