Returns format string for the measure that is currently being evaluated.



This expression has no parameters.

Return values

Scalar A single string value.

Format string of the measure currently being evaluated – which is the measure identified by SELECTEDMEASURE.

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-- Format string expression for Thousands calculation item
-- in Scale calculation group, which is used in the following example:
VAR CurrentFormatString =
VAR FormatStringContainsDot =
    SEARCH ( ".", CurrentFormatString, 1, 0 ) > 0
VAR Result =
    CurrentFormatString & IF ( NOT FormatStringContainsDot, ".00" ) & " K"
--  SELECTEDMEASUREFORMATSTRING returns the format string of the 
--  selected measure. It can be used only in calculation items
--  Its main usage is to dynamically create a format string based on
--  the original format string, modified by the calculation item
    'Date'[Calendar Year],
    TREATAS ( { "CY 2009" }, 'Date'[Calendar Year] ),
    "Amount", [Sales Amount],
    "Format String", IGNORE('Sales'[_Sales Amount FormatString] )
    'Date'[Calendar Year]
Calendar Year Scale Amount Format String
2009-01-01 Value 9,353,814.87 #,0.00
2009-01-01 Thousands 9,353.81 #,0.00 K
2009-01-01 Millions 9.35 #,0.00 M

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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.


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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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