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Files imported from mainframes and other systems may contain dates in the format yy/mm/dd. These date formats are not recognized by Microsoft Excel and are imported as text strings.
Method 1: Convert Text to ColumnsIn Microsoft Excel versions 5.x, 7.0, and 97, the following steps convert the data to correctly formatted dates as serialized date numbers.
Method 2: Use a FormulaIn any version of Microsoft Excel, to convert the date text to a serial number, enter the following formula in the worksheet:
B2: =DATEVALUE(MID(A2,4,2)&"/"&RIGHT(A2,2)&"/"&LEFT(A2,2))The above formula assumes that the date to be converted is in cell A2.
Method 3: Use a MacroMicrosoft Excel 4.0 Macro Example:
Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. The following macro converts the date, to a serial number. If the separator between the yy mm and dd values is not a forward slash (/), then modify the SEARCH statements within the macro, replacing all occurrences of the forward slash with the appropriate character.
A1: Convert_DateThe above macro assumes the following:
Article ID: 113616 - Last Review: June 11, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
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