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DatePart Function

Returns an Integer value containing the specified component of a given Date value.

Public Overloads Function DatePart( _
   ByVal Interval As DateInterval, _
   ByVal DateValue As DateTime, _
   Optional ByVal FirstDayOfWeekValue As FirstDayOfWeek = VbSunday, _
   Optional ByVal FirstWeekOfYearValue As FirstWeekOfYear = VbFirstJan1 _
) As Integer


Public Overloads Function DatePart( _
    ByVal Interval As String, _
   ByVal DateValue As Object, _
   Optional ByVal DayOfWeek As FirstDayOfWeek = FirstDayOfWeek.Sunday, _
   Optional ByVal WeekOfYear As FirstWeekOfYear = FirstWeekOfYear.Jan1 _
) As Integer


Required. DateInterval enumeration value or String expression representing the part of the date/time value you want to return.
Required. Date value that you want to evaluate.
Optional. A value chosen from the FirstDayOfWeek enumeration that specifies the first day of the week. If not specified, FirstDayOfWeek.Sunday is used.
Optional. A value chosen from the FirstWeekOfYear enumeration that specifies the first week of the year. If not specified, FirstWeekOfYear.Jan1 is used.


The Interval argument can have one of the following settings.

Enumeration value String Part of date/time value to return
DateInterval.Day d Day of month (1 through 31)
DateInterval.DayOfYear y Day of year (1 through 366)
DateInterval.Hour h Hour
DateInterval.Minute n Minute
DateInterval.Month m Month
DateInterval.Quarter q Quarter
DateInterval.Second s Second
DateInterval.Weekday w Day of week (1 through 7)
DateInterval.WeekOfYear ww Week of year (1 through 53)
DateInterval.Year yyyy Year

The FirstDayOfWeekValue argument can have one of the following settings.

Enumeration value Value Description
FirstDayOfWeek.System 0 First day of week specified in system settings
FirstDayOfWeek.Sunday 1 Sunday (default)
FirstDayOfWeek.Monday 2 Monday (complies with ISO standard 8601, section 3.17)
FirstDayOfWeek.Tuesday 3 Tuesday
FirstDayOfWeek.Wednesday 4 Wednesday
FirstDayOfWeek.Thursday 5 Thursday
FirstDayOfWeek.Friday 6 Friday
FirstDayOfWeek.Saturday 7 Saturday

The FirstWeekOfYearValue argument can have one of the following settings.

Enumeration value Value Description
FirstWeekOfYear.System 0 First week of year specified in system settings
FirstWeekOfYear.Jan1 1 Week in which January 1 occurs (default)
FirstWeekOfYear.FirstFourDays 2 Week that has at least four days in the new year (complies with ISO standard 8601, section 3.17)
FirstWeekOfYear.FirstFullWeek 3 First full week in new year


Exception type Error number Condition
ArgumentException 5 Interval is invalid.
InvalidCastException 13 DateValue is not coercible to Date.


You can use the DatePart function to evaluate a date/time value and return a specific component. For example, you might use DatePart to calculate the day of the week or the current hour.

If you choose DateInterval.Weekday for the Interval argument, the returned value is consistent with the values of the FirstDayOfWeek enumeration. If you choose DateInterval.WeekOfYear, DatePart uses the Calendar and CultureInfo classes of the System.Globalization namespace to determine your current settings.

The FirstDayOfWeekValue argument affects calculations that use the DateInterval.Weekday and DateInterval.WeekOfYear Interval settings. The FirstWeekOfYearValue argument affects calculations that specify DateInterval.WeekOfYear for Interval.

If any argument has an invalid value, an ArgumentException error occurs. If the DateValue argument has a value that cannot be coerced to a valid Date value, an InvalidCastException error occurs.

Since every Date value is supported by a DateTime structure, its methods give you additional options in retrieving date/time parts. For example, you can obtain the entire date value of a Date variable, with the time value set to midnight, as follows:

Dim CurrDatTim As Date = Now   ' Current date and time.
Dim LastMidnight As Date = CurrDatTim.Date   ' At midnight.


This example takes a date and, using the DatePart function, displays the quarter of the year in which it occurs.

Dim FirstDate, Msg As String   'Declare variables.
Dim SecondDate As Date
FirstDate = InputBox("Enter a date:")
SecondDate = CDate(FirstDate)
Msg = "Quarter: " & DatePart(DateInterval.Quarter, SecondDate)
MsgBox (Msg)


Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic

Module: DateAndTime

Assembly: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Runtime (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

See Also

DateAdd Function | DateDiff Function | Day Function | Format Function | Now Property | Weekday Function | Year Function | Date Data Type | System Namespace | DateTime Structure | Calendar Class | CultureInfo Class | ArgumentException Class | InvalidCastException Class