# Convert Dates To Excel Formatted Dates

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If you work with Excel, sooner or later you will encounter a problem with dates. Particularly if these dates have been imported from another program. Let's look at some of the date formats that you may encounter and also how to convert these to standard Excel dates. For all New Dates I will use the format: mm/dd/yy with a date that is 11-23-03.  The cells in column C have been formatted with a format of mm/dd/yy US DATE FORMAT

 A B C 1 Old Date Formula Used New Date 2 112303 =VALUE(LEFT(A2,2)&"/"&MID(A2,3,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A2,2)) 11/23/03 3 031123 =VALUE(MID(A3,3,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A3,2)&"/"&LEFT(A3,2)) 11/23/03 4 231103 =VALUE(MID(A4,3,2)&"/"&LEFT(A4,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A4,2)) 11/23/03

For all New Dates I will use the format: dd/mm/yy with a date that is 23-11-03.  The cells in column C have been formatted with a format of dd/mm/yy EUROPEAN DATE FORMAT

 A B C 1 Old Date Formula Used New Date 2 112303 =VALUE(MID(A2,3,2)&"/"&LEFT(A2,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A2,2)) 23/11/03 3 031123 =VALUE(RIGHT(A3,2)&"/"&MID(A3,3,2)&"/"&LEFT(A3,2)) 23/11/03 4 231103 =VALUE(LEFT(A4,2)&"/"&MID(A4,3,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A4,2)) 23/11/03

If your dates are already in a format of say yy/mm/dd (03/11/23) you can use the Text to Columns feature of Excel. Select the cells that house these dates (must be in one column in continuous rows) then go to Data>Text to Columns. Click Next twice to get to Step 3 of 3 ignoring any settings in steps 1 and 2. Check Date under Column data format and now select YMD from the drop-box

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