How to use DATEVALUE Function in Excel

Syntax

DATEVAUE(date_text)

  1. date_text A date which is stored as a text and you want to convert that text into an actual date.

Examples

In the below example, I have inserted a date directly into the function by using double quotation marks.

If you skip adding these quotation marks it will return a #NAME? error in the result.

excel datevalue function to get a date serial number

In the below example, all the dates on the left side are in textual format.

excel datevalue function to get a date serial number
  1. A simple textual date which I have converted into a valid date.
  2. A date with all three components (Year, Month, or Day) in numbers.
  3. If there is no year in your textual date, it will take the current year as the year.
  4. And, if you have month name is in alphabets and no year.
  5. If you don’t have the day in your textual date it will take 1 as the day number.

Note: If you use a date which has no month in it, it will not convert that date into a date serial number.

Remember

  1. You can directly enter a date into the function by using double quotation mark.
  2. When you insert a textual date in the function it will simply give you a serial number. You can convert that serial number into a date by changing the format to date or by using the shortcut key : Control + Shift + #.

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