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## Time Dimension - date

Hello,

Am trying to make a calendar in Anaplan to plot weekdays and holidays.

Time dimension for the model is "DAY" and I wanted not to type the dates in each days, but to put a formula instead. What would be the formula to return the "date" of the time dimension to the line item. I tried to use "ITEM(TIME)" but it does not return the date but has an error instead.

Sample: If the calendar date in the dimension is Jan 1, 2019, the line item would return 1/1/2019

I attached a screenshot of the calendar module I am working on.

Thank you!

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## Re: Time Dimension - date

HI,

If your line item is formatted as text you can use the formula.

NAME(ITEM(TIME))

EDIT:

This formula seems to work, there's some interesting behaviour on the day function which needed some work around.

DATE(YEAR(ITEM(Time)), MONTH(ITEM(Time)), VALUE(LEFT(NAME(ITEM(Time)), 1)))

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## Re: Time Dimension - date

It's much simpler!!!!

START()

But, put this, and all other TIme related functions, in a separate module just dimensioned by time and reference it everywhere

David

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## Re: Time Dimension - date

Thank you for the response 🙂 appreciated 🙂
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## Re: Time Dimension - date

Thank you so much! This helped 🙂
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## Re: Time Dimension - date

HI Sara,

I understood, its very painful to do manual entry.

But it is really simple to bring the date in the line item. All you need to do is , make use of DATE function. If you try to write ITEM(TIME) it will work only if the format is time period. But here we are using DATE as a format, so please have a look at below screen shot for refrence.

I agree with @joshuastockwell but at last it should be 2 instead 1 because we do have 2 digits days uptil 31.

I hope this really helps and solve your problem :).

Thanks,

Kavin.

Regards,
Kavin.
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## Re: Time Dimension - date

Yes, it makes sense to use 2 instead of 1. Thank you so much! 🙂
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## Re: Time Dimension - date

Not sure if my reply got lost in the mix, but just to re-emphasise, you don't need any complex formula here

START() will return the first day of the time period

END() will return the last day

It's as simple as that

David

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## Re: Time Dimension - date

Regards,
Kavin.
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## Re: Time Dimension - date

From the original attachment, I believe the data was at the day level, thus start() would work great.

Thanks,

Rob