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freshtomatoes
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How to format as date when a number but text if not

Hi guys, 

My app is reading from an excel spreadsheet and some of the data in a date column is listed as TBC or second half of 2023 while the majority is in date format. 

 

I was using the formula:

Text(ThisItem.Bronze, "dd/mm/yyyy", "en-GB")

To get the date showing right but obviously this isn't working for the mixed format data. 

 

I tried this, but it didnt work:

If(IsNumeric(ThisItem.Bronze),Text(ThisItem.Bronze, "dd/mm/yyyy", "en-GB"),Text(ThisItem.Bronze))

 

Any pointers?

 

Cheers

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rswain
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Resolver I

You can modify your formula to use the DateValue function to convert the date strings to date values before applying the Text function to format them as dates. Here's an example:


If(IsNumeric(ThisItem.Bronze), Text(DateValue(Text(ThisItem.Bronze, "[$-en-GB]dd/mm/yyyy")), "dd/mm/yyyy"), ThisItem.Bronze)

This formula first uses the Text function to convert the date string to the date format "dd/mm/yyyy" using the en-GB locale. It then uses the DateValue function to convert the resulting string to a date value. If ThisItem.Bronze is not numeric, the formula simply returns ThisItem.Bronze as text without trying to convert it to a date.
freshtomatoes
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Thanks for your help @rswain, unfortunately that has given me an error on one location and then incorrect dates in another. 

 

One set of dates looks like this:

freshtomatoes_1-1680238931395.png

despite the source dates looking like this:

freshtomatoes_2-1680238959032.png

 

The next table I used it in, does not show the dates but gives me this error:

freshtomatoes_3-1680239001080.png

 

Do you know what could be causing these issues?

 

Cheers

 

 

CatSchneider
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Try using:

 

Text(ThisItem.Bronze, "dd/mm/yyyy;@")

freshtomatoes
Frequent Visitor

Thanks @Cat , 

That doesn't seem to work either, I get the following error:

freshtomatoes_0-1680477800786.png

 

And it shows like this: (there should be TBCs in the Bronze columns that don't have dates)

freshtomatoes_1-1680477964571.png

 

 

CatSchneider
Most Valuable Professional
Most Valuable Professional

Hmm... perhaps then if the first thing you used was working for your dates, and not the others,  try: 

 

IfError(Text(ThisItem.Bronze, "dd/mm/yyyy", "en-GB"), ThisItem.Bronze)

freshtomatoes
Frequent Visitor

Thanks @CatSchneider but that doesn't seem to work either. That gives me the same error and stops showing the non-numbers. 

 

freshtomatoes_1-1680501154361.png

 

 

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