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In Microsoft Excel 2003, to use the date in Hijri Format some settings are needed to be applied.
The following steps show how we can custom the date in the cells, to be entered as Gregorian format and interpreted in Hijri format, also we will describe how we can enter a date in Hijri format in a cell.
Type a date in Gregorian format and have Excel interpret it as Hijri date:
Type a date in a cell in Hijri format.
The following method will work only on Arabic Office SKU.
To enable this method for non Arabic SKU’s; you will need to add the following registry key:
Value = xl9_hijri
Value Type = DWORD
Value Data = 0
To enter Hijri date, type A or a in front of the date entry
For example, you can enter the short date 'a9/25/20', which will be interpreted as Hijri date 9/25/1420 (this is Gregorian date 1/1/2000). If the cell is unformatted, it will be assigned the number format 'B2m/d/yyyy' and the value will be displayed as '9/25/1420' Note Your regional settings affect how Excel recognizes the day, month and year parts of the value entered. For example, when using English (United States) regional settings, you should enter the Hijri value as 'a9/25/20'. When using Arabic (Egypt) regional settings, you should enter the Hijri value as 'a25/9/20' Additional keywords