I have an excel worksheet with a date column, the format is set to dd-mmm-yyyy but the dates in the columns display as mm/dd/yyyy. If I double click in each individual cell and then move out of that cell the format changes and the dates appear correct. I have 24854 dates I need to change, I can't take time to double click in each cell. Any suggestions? Thanks
I can help you with this. Select the column/row that you need to reformat.
Go to the Data Tab
From the Data tab, Select Text to Columns
This will open a Wizard called "Covert Text to Columns"
You'll see 2 choices for your original data type: Delimited or Fixed Width
If your current date format has commas, tabs, dashes, etc., then click Delimited.
If your current date format has only spaces separating everything but no characters, then click Fixed.
Click NEXT once you selected your origiinal data type
The next screen, you can skip by clicking NEXT again
Now you'll see a screen that lets you slect the data format that you want
Select the DATE button
Then, from the drop down, select the new date format you want to use.
This should do the trick. I hope this helps!!
the reason for this is as mentioned above - depending on the users settings - i.e. id it's US for example, whateer the user types in the cell will default to the mm/dd/yy (that's according to the default US format)
By clicking into the cell then clicking out, the cell recognises your settings - hence whay it reverts to the UK format