Excel/Date formatted as "general"
I work with a spreadsheet in which the dates are entered in the format "03.07.13" for example, and when I look on the format cells menu, the are formatted as general. I need to work with these dates, but Excel 2010 doesnt seem to recognise them as dates. Do you know a formula that will convert them to a proper date format? I have tried using format, cells, date, but it dosent work.
I am assuming your version of excel doesn't recognize the period as a delimiter in a date.
As far as a formua, then In another cell, yes. Say that you have the date 03.07.13 (July 3, 2013) in cell A1
then in B1
(I am assuming your regional settings are DayMonthYear)
in either case format the cell to have the date format you want for display. The underlying value produced by the formula should be a date serial number
For in place conversion:
You could select the cells anduse the replace part of the find and replace function to replace "." with "/" This should convert the cells to dates in situ. Then format them with the date format you want. (they may first appear as date serial numbers - the number of days since the beginning of 1900).
This topic answers questions related to Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (or workbook) stand-alone or Mircrosoft Office Excel including Excel 2003, Excel 2007, Office 2000, and Office XP. You can get Excel help on Excel formulas(or functions), Excell macros, charting in Excel, advanced features, and the general use of Excel. This does not provide a general Excel tutorial nor the basics of using a spreadsheet. It provides specific answers to using Microsoft Excel only. If you do not see your Excel question answered in this area then please ask an Excel question here