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Power Pivot Principles: The A to Z of DAX Functions – COUNT

30 August 2022

In our long-established Power Pivot Principles articles, we continue our series on the A to Z of Data Analysis eXpression (DAX) functions.  This week, we look at COUNT.


The COUNT function

This function counts the number of rows in a specified column that contain any of the following kinds of values:

  • numbers
  • dates
  • strings.

The COUNT function employs the following syntax to operate:


The COUNT function has just the one argument:

  • column: this is required and represents the column (field) containing the values to be counted.

It should be further noted that:

  • when the function finds no rows to count, it returns a blank
  • blank values are skipped.  TRUE / FALSE values are supposedly not supported, but do note the example below
  • this function is not supported for use in DirectQuery mode when used in calculated columns or row-level security (RLS) rules.

Consider the following Table called Example, with just the field, List:

Let’s create a simple measure:

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