I had a SharePoint list containing some data about Products and their purchase dates (sample data of course :P) as shown below:
Now these dates were stored in a string format in SharePoint and was in US date notation. I had a scenario where I was getting this data as a string from the source. On changing it to date format with transform data, I got errors which wasn’t a surprise for me as my local date format is “dd-mm-yyyy”
But what was surprising was that there was no option to change the date format to US date notation i.e. “mm-dd-yyyy”.
To change your date to a format other than your local date format:
- Load the data from your source. It was SharePoint in my case.
- Transform the data as required. I had my date stored as string so transformed it to Date which gave error as my date in SharePoint was in mm-dd-yyyy format.
- Now to avoid this error remove the Changed Type step and instead change the data type using locale. Choose the data type and locale (this is the format your original data is in like my date was in US format).
- Boom the error goes away and date becomes in dd-mm-yyyy format. Save this transformation with Close and Apply.
- But in my report the requirement is mm-dd-yyyy format. Now go to model on left hand pane.
- In formatting, choose custom format. And type the desired format which for me was mm-dd-yyyy. To show the difference I have changed it to mmmm-dd-yyyy.
So this is how I manipulated dates. I hope this helps you out 😊