Business Intelligence – How to copy existing query in Power BI

Power BI is a data visualization tool that enables organizations to analyze and gain insights from their data. With its power query editor, users can perform complex data transformations and create custom queries to meet their specific needs. However, when working with multiple reports or dashboards, it’s often necessary to copy and reuse queries.

As an example, suppose you have created a query in Power BI to extract data from a sales database. The power query performs some data transformations and filters to show only the sales data for a specific region. Now, you want to use the same query for another report that shows sales data for a different region. Instead of recreating the entire query from scratch, you can copy the existing query and modify it to meet your new requirements.

how to copy existing query

Here’s how you can copy the query in Power BI:

Step 1: Open the Query Editor

To copy a query, you need to access the Query Editor in Power BI. To do this, go to the “Home” tab and select “Edit Queries.” This will open the Query Editor.

Step 2: Select the Query

In the Query Editor, you’ll see a list of all the queries that have been created in the report. To copy a query, simply select it from the list.

Step 3: Right-click on the Query

Once you’ve selected the query, right-click on it. From the context menu, select “Duplicate.”

Step 4: Rename the Duplicated Query

A duplicate query will be created with the same name as the original query. To distinguish it from the original query, you’ll need to rename it. To do this, right-click on the duplicated query and select “Rename.” Give the duplicated query a unique name and click “Enter.”

Step 5: Save and Close the Query Editor

Once you’ve renamed the duplicated query, it’s time to save and close the Query Editor. To do this, click the “Close & Apply” button in the “Home” tab.

Step 6: Use the Duplicated Query

The duplicated query is now available for use in your report. To use it, simply add it to your report as you would any other query.


Copying queries in Power BI is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this blog, you can quickly and easily create duplicates of your queries to reuse in multiple reports or dashboards. Whether you’re working with a large dataset or simply want to save time by reusing a query, Power BI makes it easy to duplicate and customize your queries to meet your specific needs.


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