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HXM001
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SharePoint data presenting as numbers instead of text

Hello all,

I am new to Power BI and have been trying to use the Desktop app to generate reports linked to a SharePoint list that I set up.

When I connect the data from the SharePoint list certain columns, which are set up to draw from a LookUp table, are showing up as numbers instead of text.

I believe the numbers are the same as the text entry, like an id number, but I am not sure how to resolve this.

 

Any suggestions?

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v-luwang-msft
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Hi @HXM001 ,

You can try the steps below.

 

Open Power Query Editor, remove any step in Query Settings that change your current Text Format into Number first.

vluwangmsft_0-1668151879314.png

 

 

 

Then, select the orignial text column, right click to choose Change Type -> Using locale...

vluwangmsft_1-1668151879359.png

 

 

 

Then choose Data type and your Locale

vluwangmsft_2-1668151879365.png

 

 

 

 

Best Regards

Lucien

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v-luwang-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @HXM001 ,

You can try the steps below.

 

Open Power Query Editor, remove any step in Query Settings that change your current Text Format into Number first.

vluwangmsft_0-1668151879314.png

 

 

 

Then, select the orignial text column, right click to choose Change Type -> Using locale...

vluwangmsft_1-1668151879359.png

 

 

 

Then choose Data type and your Locale

vluwangmsft_2-1668151879365.png

 

 

 

 

Best Regards

Lucien

Mikelytics
Resident Rockstar
Resident Rockstar

Hi @HXM001,

 

As I remember when you use lookup tables and they refer to another table then you also have to connect to the table the lookups refer to. The numbers should be the IDs to the other table. Depending how you get the data you can join/merge them in Power Query or relate the data in the data model view.

 

Best regards

Michael

 

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