Fixing Bad Dates in Microsoft Excel
Somebody sent you some lame date layout, such as a column of dates not
formatted as dates, and no matter what you do, you can't get them to be
Here's a formula that will help you get it right. If you use the DATE
formula, Excel wants the first part to be the year:
The second part is the month:
The third part is the day (date):
Another method is to use the Text to Columns Feature. Select the
entire column of "bad" dates, and hit DataŕText to
Columns. Choose Delimited, hit Next, hit Next again to get to Step 3 of 3. Then
choose the YMD date format from the Date dropdown, and hit Finish.
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