Insert Function Dialog Box

SQL Server 2012

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The Insert Function dialog box enables you to choose from a list of functions that can be used when building formulas. To access this dialog box from the Excel window, in the Measure Settings Dialog Box (Standard Aggregation) or the Measure Settings Dialog Box (Custom Aggregation), click the function (fx) button. To access this dialog box from the PowerPivot window, in the formula bar above each table, click the function (fx) button. For more information about choosing functions to use in formulas, see Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) Overview and Build Formulas for Calculations.



Select a category

If you have a general idea which kind of function you need, choose a category from the list; or select All to view an alphabetical list of functions.

Select a function

Displays a list of the functions in the selected category.


Displays a description of what the function does, together with any required or optional arguments, such as column names and expressions.

Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) provides the following types of function categories in the Insert Functions dialog box.


Date & Time



Math & Trig



The Insert Function dialog box is available only when you are building a formula. You can create calculations either in a calculated column, or in a PivotTable or PivotChart. Formulas that you build expressly for use in a PivotTable are also called measures. For more information, see Calculated Columns and Measures in PowerPivot.

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