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Add a custom column

Hi All,


I would like to add a custom column in query.I have shipping date in sales table - unfortunately original formt is text and day and month is otherway around. 


So I wrote  the following Custom column fomular like I did in table .. but it does not work in query. 

"Expression.Error:The name'date' wasn't recognized. Make sure it'spelled correctly."




What it went wrong?


All the best,



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"day and month is otherway around" Can you show us a date exactly please?

Hi HotChilli,


Thank you for your message. It looks like this. The original data is stored as text and when I try to convert to date by Data Type, I get 6 Jan 2019 while it is supposed to be 1 Jun 2019. I want to add new column and amend it in query. 


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All the best,


Hi @paris , 

To try to match your issue, I created a table in Excel with date as a text field.


Then used PQ to bring it into PBI and it was brought in as a date field and formatted correctly.


So, I changed it back to a text field in the query.


And then changed it back to a date field.  It formatted correctly.


It seems to be working as expected...can you provide us more detail?



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Hi @paris ,

You might also check your regional settings:

Choose the locale for importing data into Power BI Desktop
  1. In Power BI Desktop, go to File > Options and settings > Options.
  2. Under Current file, select Regional Settings.
  3. In the Locale for import box, select a different locale.
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If this solves your issue, please consider marking this as the solution.


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