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I want to change date format using "Text to column" but it is not working. I do not understand what is logic and how it work.
I really appreciate if you help me to understand this.

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Humans are very good at understanding dates, because we always follow simple rules - but different people have different rules, such that 04/05 could be 4th may or April 5th - and it is this that is causing the problem.  To get round it, I would do a two stage process, rather than rely on Excel interpretting the dates correctly. In a blank column (for simplicity the following assume that your data starts in cell A2 and extends downwards) use the following formula


(I've assumed that all dates will be current century, hence the addition of the "20" to ensure the two digit date format gets correctly interpreted).  Extend this formula down to cover the entire date range, then copy and use paste special, values in the destination area.  You should then have the data you need in the format you need, and the "helper" column with the formulas in can be removed.

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Aidan Heritage


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