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Only select certain columns from source

Hi,  I am new to power query and I'm trying to figure out how I can limit the data that I'm extracting from the source because I only need a couple of the columns.  For example, I'm running a web query to an api and it returns the list of records and each record has a timestamp, loglevel, hostid, text and then 22 custom fields that is extracted from the text field.  I'm just interested in grabbing the data from a couple of the custom fields.  Currently it downloads all the data for record and then I have it remove the extra columns.  The issue that I'm facing is because all of the data is downloaded it takes a very long time to complete.  Is there a way to filter out via the source query instead of downloading all the data and removing the other columns?


Thank you very much for your time and assistance.

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Hi @pezwi ,


You could add "Query" parameter in Web.Contents() as a filter. Here is a blog for your reference.


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@pezwi - Well, if this was a SQL source you could use a View or write a SQL statement but since it is a Web API you are going to be limited to the functionality of that Web API. For example, I believe ODATA allows you to specify columns/fields but not sure about just any old Web API. 

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I'll have to look into the Odata option.  I'm not finding a lot of examples for that.


Currently I'm pulling the data into a list which is capturing all the records.  It would be great if I could do loop through the records but I'm having trouble figuring that out.


Source = List.Generate(
() => getPage(""),
each _[scrollToken] <> null,
each getPage(_[scrollToken]),
each [scrollToken = _[scrollToken], records = _[records]]

Here is an article I wrote last year that may help you get started with using OData.  It includes examples of adding $select and other ways to let you limit the initial amount of data returned.


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@pezwi , Right click on Table and Advance Query and see if there is a list of columns for selection. if yes, then try to remove some of them and try

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