# DATEVALUE Function – Google Sheets

The DATEVALUE function takes a date value in any valid format and returns the same date as a serial number. Spreadsheets store all dates and times as serial numbers in Google Sheets, so they will work in formulas (you can add March plus June).

You can use the DATEVALUE function to prepare dates to be sorted, filtered, or used in formulas.

The input for this function needs to be either surrounded by quotes or a cell reference.

## Purpose

The DATEVALUE function returns a serial number from any valid date.

## Syntax

`=DATEVALUE(date_text)`

• `date_text` – The date, written in a text format, for the function to convert

## Related functions

TIMEVALUE – Converts a date to a numeric value similar to DATEVALUE

HOUR – Returns the hour value from a time

MINUTE – Returns the minute value from a time

SECOND – Returns the second value from a time

## Errors

#VALUE! – The inputs aren’t a valid date, such as “A minute ago” or “Then.”

#NUM! – An input is a number but is not a valid date.

## Examples

### Example 1 – Plain and Simple

We have a date-value that Sheets recognizes to return a serial number. In this case, we set the formatting to date to show the serial number as March 1, 2017. If you set the formatting to number, the result of the function would be 42,795.00.

### Example 2 – Unrecognized Text Date

Secondly, a full date typed as 1st instead of 1 returns a #VALUE! error. The #VALUE! error occurs whenever Sheets cannot figure out the text date.

### Example 3 – Just a Day and Month

Just a day and a month typed in. The spreadsheet assumes the date should be the current year when we wrote this article of 2017. The year value will always be the present year when viewed in the

### Example 4 – Used in an employee timesheet

Last, below is an example of this function creating an employee timesheet.

### Live examples in Sheets

Go to this spreadsheet for the examples of the DATEVALUE function shown above that you can study and use anywhere you would like.

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