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Change default date format on to be short date rather than long date



Have a dataflow where a date shows correctly as DD/MM/YYYY

When I import the dataflow into desktop I can see the default format as per screenshot below is DD Month YYYY

What is the best  way to ensure that all dates by default have the format DD/MM/YYYY without having to do this manuallyevery time import a table with date datatypes?


i.e. it should default to the short date rather than the long date


Have Regional Settings/United Kingdom




Frequent Visitor

Thanks for posting this; I too am suffering from this lack of configurability.


Idea has been upvoted!

Community Support
Community Support

Hi @po ,

Based on my test, it do will convert to text format with "dd/mmm/yy", it may due to your location, you could refer to below blog that may help you:


Best Regards


Advocate I
Advocate I

Hi @po
In Power BI Desktop, there is no option to set the default format for each data type, an idea about this issue has been submitted in the following link, please vote it up.

Hope this helps!




Hi All,


Thnaks for posts.


Have voted for the idea as woudl be very useful to have globla setting for this.




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