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VALUES DAX Function (Table manipulation)

When a column name is given, returns a single column table of unique values. When a table name is given, returns a table with the same columns and all the rows of the table (including duplicates) with the additional blank row if present.


VALUES ( <TableNameOrColumnName> )
Parameter Attributes Description

A column name or a table name.

Return values

Table An entire table or a table with one or more columns.

A column of unique values if the parameter is a single column.
If the parameter is a table expression, the result has the same columns and do not remove duplicated rows.


VALUES is similar to DISTINCT, but it can have an additional blank row in case the table has at least one one-to-many relationship with other tables where there is a violation of referential integrity.

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Related functions

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Last update: Oct 25, 2020   » Contribute   » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

MSDN documentation:

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.


This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.


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