# Excel DATEVALUE Function

Summary

The Excel DATEVALUE function converts a date represented as text into a proper Excel date. For example, the formula =DATEVALUE("12/31/2015") returns a serial number in the Excel date system that represents December 31, 2015. Proper Excel dates are more useful than text dates since they can be directly manipulated with formulas and pivot tables to create summaries and perform other date-based analysis.

Purpose

Convert a date in text format to a valid date

Return value

A serial number that represents a particular date in Excel.

Syntax

=DATEVALUE (date_text)

Arguments

**date_text**- A valid date in text format.

Usage notes

If **date_text** is a cell address, the value of the cell must be text. If **date_text **is entered directly into the formula it must be enclosed in quotes.

Will return a #VALUE error if **date_text **refers to a cell that does not contain a date formatted as text.