DATEVALUEformula in Google Sheets converts a date string into a date value that Google Sheets can recognize as a date. This formula is commonly used when data is imported or copied into Google Sheets from other sources that may not recognize date values. The formula can be used to convert a variety of date string formats into a date value that Google Sheets can work with.
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DATEVALUE formula with the syntax shown below, it has 1 required parameter:
- date_string (required):
The date string that you want to convert into a date value. This can be in a variety of formats, such as "12/31/2021" or "31-Dec-2021". Note that the format of the date string must be recognized by Google Sheets in order for the formula to work correctly.
ExamplesHere are a few example use cases that explain how to use the
DATEVALUEformula in Google Sheets.
Converting imported data into dates
When data is imported into Google Sheets from other sources, such as CSV files, date values may not be recognized as such by Google Sheets. The
DATEVALUE formula can be used to convert these date strings into a format that Google Sheets can work with.
Calculating differences between dates
In order to calculate the difference between two dates in Google Sheets, the dates must be in a recognizable date format. The
DATEVALUE formula can be used to convert date strings into date values that can be used in date calculations.
Filtering data by date
When working with large datasets that include date values, the
DATEVALUE formula can be used to convert date strings into date values that can be filtered by date range.
DATEVALUEnot working? Here are some common mistakes people make when using the
DATEVALUEGoogle Sheets Formula:
Incorrectly formatted date_string
The DATEVALUE formula only accepts date_string in the format of 'YYYY-MM-DD' or 'MM/DD/YYYY'. If the date_string is in a different format, it will return an error. To correct this mistake, ensure that the date_string is in one of the accepted formats.
If the date_string provided does not represent a valid date, the DATEVALUE formula will return an error. To correct this mistake, ensure that the date_string represents a valid date.
Missing or incorrect argument
The DATEVALUE formula requires one argument, the date_string, to function properly. If this argument is missing or incorrect, the formula will return an error. To correct this mistake, ensure that the date_string is provided as the formula's argument.
The following functions are similar to
DATEVALUE or are often used with it in a formula:
DATEformula is used to create a date object in Google Sheets. It takes three arguments: year, month, and day and returns a date. This formula is useful when you need to perform date calculations or create date-based charts and graphs.
DATEDIFfunction in Google Sheets calculates the difference between two dates using a specified unit of measurement. This function is commonly used to calculate the length of time between two dates, such as the number of days, months, or years. The function is particularly useful when working with financial or project planning data.
The YEAR formula in Google Sheets returns the year of a specified date. This function is useful when you need to extract the year from a date for analysis or calculations. The YEAR formula takes one argument, which is the date from which to extract the year. The output is a four-digit number representing the year.
MONTHformula is used to extract the month from a given date, returning it as a number between 1 and 12. This function is commonly used to summarize and analyze data that includes dates.
DAYfunction is used to extract the day of the month from a given date. It takes in a single argument, a date in a valid format, and returns the day of the month as a number between 1 and 31. This function can be useful for tasks such as sorting or filtering data based on the day of the month.
You can learn more about the
DATEVALUE Google Sheets function on Google Support.