This article will teach you how to change the date format
in Microsoft Excel
, allowing you to have a uniform format across your spreadsheet.
Unable to Change Date Format in Excel
Microsoft Excel offers its users various formats for writing dates, including DD/MM/YYYY
, and date custom formats. Unfortunately, if dates are formatted differently within a spreadsheet, the system does not always recognize when a cell contains a date. This oversight can easily lead to confusion when dates are formatted differently across a spreadsheet. Luckily, there is an easy way to format your spreadsheet so that each piece of data input into your spreadsheet reads the same.
Open your Excel
spreadsheet and select the column containing the dates. Go to Data
and choose Text to Column
. Choose delimited
and then click on Next
. Uncheck all delimiters and click Next
. Finally, click on date
, choose the format in which you'd like to read your dates (the default format is D/M/Y), and then click Finish
Modify Date Formats in Excel
If you have entered dates into your Excel worksheet and they are not in uniform format, you can modify the properties of the cell, column, or row so that all dates appear in the same format, i.e. DD/MM/YYYY
To do so go to you Excel
spreadsheet, select the fields you would like to modify, then right-click
, and select Format Cells...
In the window that opens, select Date
in the Categories
list. In the Type
list you can select your desired format and click OK
to apply the changes:
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