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What are the .Year, .Quarter, etc. options that appear after a DAX reference to a Date called?

When I create a new column and refer to a date column (e.g., =[Date of the Transaction] ), I get an intellisense pop-up that shows a whole bunch of "break-downs" for the date (.Year, .Quarter, .Month). Is there an official term for these amazingly useful options?

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Phil_Seamark Super Contributor
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Re: What are the .Year, .Quarter, etc. options that appear after a DAX reference to a Date called?

There is an option in Power BI Desktop that enables "auto date time", which means for every column in your model that uses a Date (or DateTime) data type, Power BI Desktop will automatically create a hidden table that carries columns such as Month, Quarter etc.  

 

It's a quick and easy way to add time intelligence to your model.  I normally turn this off and use my own date tables.

 

They can be handy if you are just trying to get something done quickly.

 

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To learn more about DAX visit : aka.ms/practicalDAX

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Phil_Seamark Super Contributor
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Re: What are the .Year, .Quarter, etc. options that appear after a DAX reference to a Date called?

There is an option in Power BI Desktop that enables "auto date time", which means for every column in your model that uses a Date (or DateTime) data type, Power BI Desktop will automatically create a hidden table that carries columns such as Month, Quarter etc.  

 

It's a quick and easy way to add time intelligence to your model.  I normally turn this off and use my own date tables.

 

They can be handy if you are just trying to get something done quickly.

 

image.png


To learn more about DAX visit : aka.ms/practicalDAX

Proud to be a Datanaut!

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