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I have two questions;

I would like to use Conditional Formatting to automatically reformat a date i.e., enter 12/1 and CF changes it to 1-Dec. I currently use Cell Formatting but it gets, sometimes, to where it will not format the entered date.
i.e., 12/1 stays 12/1.

I have used concatenate to join text and a cell with dollar values in it. The value drops the $ sign. I then use the TEXT("#00.00") to format it. Is there a way to use a function to also change the Color of the $ value so it stands out with in the string?



Please ask one specific question with each post. You may post multiple times of course. Also, always make sure that your question uses a clear, simple, concrete example: EXACTLY what data is in which cells, EXACTLY what does user do, EXACTLY what do you want to happen when the user does it.

To answer your first question:

Start with a new Excel sheet. Select cell A1. Right-click on the selected cell, and choose Format Cells. From the Format Cells popup, choose Number, Date, Type: 14-Mar, OK. Now in A1 type


It will appear as


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