FIRSTNONBLANK DAX Function (Time Intelligence)  Context Transition

Returns the first value in the column for which the expression has a non blank value.


FIRSTNONBLANK ( <ColumnName>, <Expression> )
Parameter Attributes Description

The source values.

Row Context

The expression to be evaluated for each value.

Return values

Table A table with a single column.

A table containing a single column and single row with the computed first value.


In order to use any time intelligence calculation, you need a well-formed date table. The Date table must satisfy the following requirements:

  • All dates need to be present for the years required. The Date table must always start on January 1 and end on December 31, including all the days in this range. If the report only references fiscal years, then the date table must include all the dates from the first to the last day of a fiscal year. For example, if the fiscal year 2008 starts on July 1, 2007, then the Date table must include all the days from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.
  • There needs to be a column with a DateTime or Date data type containing unique values. This column is usually called Date. Even though the Date column is often used to define relationships with other tables, this is not required. Still, the Date column must contain unique values and should be referenced by the Mark as Date Table feature. In case the column also contains a time part, no time should be used – for example, the time should always be 12:00 am.
  • The Date table must be marked as a date table in the model, in case the relationship between the Date table and any other table is not based on the Date.
The result of time intelligence functions has the same data lineage as the date column or table provided as an argument.


The ColumnName argument can be any of the following:

  • A reference to a column. Only in this case a context transition applies because the column reference is replaced by
  • A table expression that returns a single column.
  • A Boolean expression that defines a single-column.

The result table includes only values that exist in the ColumnName column.
Even though this function is commonly used for dates, it can be applied to a column of any data type.

The ColumnName argument must be a column. In certain conditions the function does not return an error passing a table with more than one column as ColumnName argument, but the behavior in that case is not supported and the error condition is not reported because it could break existing reports.

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--  FIRSTNONBLANK returns the first date where the 
--  expression is not blank.
--  LASTNONBLANK returns the last date where the 
--  expression is not blank.
    ADDCOLUMNS ( VALUES ( 'Date'[Date] ), "Sales Amount", [Sales Amount] ),
    'Date'[Date] >= DATE ( 2007, 2, 8 ) &&
    'Date'[Date] <= DATE ( 2007, 2, 15 ) 

    FIRSTNONBLANK ( 'Date'[Date], [Sales Amount] ),
    'Date'[Date] >= DATE ( 2007, 2, 8 ) &&
    'Date'[Date] <= DATE ( 2007, 2, 15 ) 

    LASTNONBLANK ( 'Date'[Date], [Sales Amount] ),
    'Date'[Date] >= DATE ( 2007, 2, 8 ) &&
    'Date'[Date] <= DATE ( 2007, 2, 15 ) 

Date Sales Amount
2007-02-08 (Blank)
2007-02-09 70,032.69
2007-02-10 27,487.70
2007-02-11 28,419.46
2007-02-12 64,176.29
2007-02-13 56,046.10
2007-02-14 26,612.37
2007-02-15 (Blank)

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  • Optimizing LASTNONBLANK and LASTNONBLANKVALUE calculations

    This article explains the behavior of LASTNONBLANK, LASTNONBLANKVALUE, and similar DAX functions, also providing patterns for performance optimization. » Read more

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Context Transition

This function performs a Context Transition if called in a Row Context. Click to read more.

Row Context

This expression is executed in a Row Context. Click to read more.


Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.


This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.


A volatile function may return a different result every time you call it, even if you provide the same arguments. Click to read more.


This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.


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