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Converting Dates from yy/mm/dd to mm/dd/yy Format

This article was previously published under Q113616
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Files imported from mainframes and other systems may contain dates in theformat yy/mm/dd. These date formats are not recognized by Microsoft Exceland are imported as text strings.

Method 1: Convert Text to Columns

In Microsoft Excel versions 5.x, 7.0, and 97, the following steps convertthe data to correctly formatted dates as serialized date numbers.
  1. Highlight all dates. On the Data menu, click Text To Columns. This opens dialog 1 of 3 of the Convert Text to Columns Wizard.
  2. In step 1, click Delimited for Original Data Type. Click Next.
  3. In step 2, click the Tab checkbox. Click Next.
  4. In step 3, click the Date option button. Click YMD in the list of date formats. Your original data will be overwritten unless you enter a new destination. (The default value is the first cell of the range that you highlighted in step 1 above. Click Finish.

Method 2: Use a Formula

In any version of Microsoft Excel, to convert the date text to a serialnumber, 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 Macro

Microsoft Excel 4.0 Macro Example:

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A1: Convert_Date
A3: year=MID(ACTIVE.CELL(),1,A2-1)
A5: month=MID(ACTIVE.CELL(),A2+1,A4-A2-1)
A6: day=MID(ACTIVE.CELL(),A4+1,2)
A7: =FORMULA(DATEVALUE(month&"/"&day&"/"&year))
A8: =SELECT("r[1]c")
The above macro assumes the following:
  • All the dates are organized in one vertical column.
  • The active cell is the first date to be converted in the column.
  • There is an empty cell at the end of the column of dates.
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Article ID: 113616 - Last Review: 06/11/2007 07:36:57 - Revision: 2.2

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