Power Pivot Principles: The A to Z of DAX Functions – DATEVALUE
14 March 2023
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 DATEVALUE.
The DATEVALUE function
The DATEVALUE function is one of the date and time functions. It is used to convert a date in the form of text to a date in datetime format. It operates using the following syntax:
There is only one  argument for this function:
- date_text: this argument is required, and is a text string that represents a date.
It should be noted that:
- the DATEVALUE function uses the locale settings of the model to understand the text value specified within date_text when performing its conversion
- if the locale settings of the model represent dates in the format of Month/Day/Year, then the string “1/8/2020” will be converted to a datetime value of January 8th, 2020
- if the locale settings of the model represent dates in the format of Day/Month/Year, then the string “1/8/2020” will be converted to datetime value of August 1st, 2020.
- if the year portion of date_text is omitted, the DATEVALUE function uses the current year from your computer’s built-in clock and time information in date_text is ignored.
Consider the following example DAX query:
Under our locale settings (DD/MM/YYYY) this code will return as follows:
However, the last two dates may also return the 10th August and the 2nd June respectively. This is dependent upon your machine’s date and time settings.
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