List.RemoveItems is a Power Query M function that removes all occurrences of the given values in one list from another list. The function returns the modified list or the original list if the values don’t exist in the first list.

Compatible with: Power BI Service Power BI Desktop Excel Microsoft 365


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The List.RemoveItems function is designed to eliminate specific values from a list. This function takes two lists as its arguments: the first list from which you want to remove items (list1), and the second list that contains the items you wish to remove (list2). If the items specified in list2 are not found in list1, the function simply returns list1 unchanged.


Let’s say you have a list of integers: {1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5}. You want to remove all occurrences of the numbers 2, 4, and 6. Here’s how you can achieve that:

// Output: {1, 3, 5, 5}
List.RemoveItems( {1, 2, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5}, {2, 4, 6} )

In this example, the function scans through the first list and removes all instances of the numbers 2 and 4. The number 6 is not in the list, so it remains unchanged.

Imagine you’re analyzing a list of monthly sales figures: {500, 600, 700, 10000, 800}. You notice that the value 10,000 is an outlier that could distort your analysis. To remove it, you can use:

// Output: {500, 600, 700, 10000, 800}
List.RemoveItems( {500, 600, 700, 10000, 800}, {10000} )

This leaves you with a list that better represents your typical monthly sales, making your data more reliable for further analysis.

Suppose you have a list of usernames: {“Alice”, “Bob”, “Cathy”, “Dave”}, and you’ve identified that “Dave” is an inactive user. To remove this username from your list, you can use:

List.RemoveItems( {"Alice", "Bob", "Cathy", "Dave"}, {"Dave"} )

This operation results in a list that only includes active users, which can be particularly useful for targeted communications or analytics.

Whether you’re working with simple lists or complex data sets, the List.RemoveItems function helps you remove specific data.

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Last update: October 2, 2023 | Contribute » | Contributors: Rick de Groot
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