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Convert Excel Dates/Time to True Dates & Times

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Convert Excel Dates/Time to True Dates & Times. Convert Text Dates/Time in Excel

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Convert Text Dates/Times to True Excel Dates/Times

All to often spreadsheets that have data imported (or just entered incorrectly) end up with dates and times being seen a text and not real numbers. You can easily spot this in Excel by widening the Columns a bit then selecting the Column and go Format>Cells>Alignment and change the Horizontal alignment to "General" the cells default. Then OK and look at you dates and times, any that are NOT right aligned are not true date and/or times. Here is how to fix this.

  1. Copy any empty cell.
  2. Select the Column and format as any Date and/or Time format.

  3. While the Column is still selected, go to Edit>Paste Special - Values - Add

This will force Excel to convert any text date and times to real dates and times. You may need to change the format again. Another simple method is to reference the cell(s) like:

=A1+0 or =A1*1 or =--A1

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