Excel, DATEVALUE() Function

The DATEVALUE() function receives as input a text string representing a date. The function returns as output the date value corresponding to the input date text string.

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Date_Text: A text string representing a date.

Basic Example:

In the example below, using the DATEVALUE() function the expression “Jan, 23, 2002” is converted to a date:

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You might be wondering why we would want to convert the expression “Jan, 23, 2002” to a date value using the DATEVALUE() function? Why didn’t we just write the expression “Jan, 23, 2002” in cell A1 instead of using the function below:

=DATEVALUE("Jan, 23, 2002")

The expression “Jan, 23, 2002” is a text string. The result of the function above is a date value. There are many built in functions in Excel which only accept date values:

  • DAYS360

Therefore if you wish to use those functions you must convert the date expression into a date value.

More Examples:

Below you can see some of the accepted input text string formats. Note the output of the function in all the examples is a date value. The output date format depends on the number format chosen for the cell:

Type 1:


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Type 2:


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Type 3:

=DATEVALUE("January 23, 2002")

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Type 4:

=DATEVALUE("23 January 2002")

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All the text expressions above result in the same date value.


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