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How to convert date to number or text in Excel?

In this article, I will tell you how to convert date to number or text format in Excel.

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As we know, if you directly format the date as text, the date will be shown as a number in the cell, but now you want to keep the date and format it as text, how can you solve it? Please do as below:

Select a cell next to your date data, and type this formula =TEXT(A1,”dd/mm/yyyy”) into it, then press Enter key. If you need, you can drag the fill handle to apply this formula in a range.doc-convert-date-to-text-number-1

Tip:

1. You need to change the date format in the above formula =TEXT(A1,”dd/mm/yyyy”) to meet your real date format.

2. If you need, you can copy the formula cells and then paste them as values only.


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Case 1 Convert Date as Date format to number

This case is usually seen, you just need to select the cell or the range and right click to open the context menu, then click Format Cells, then in the Format Cells dialog, click Number under Number tab from the Category list, then specify the Decimal Places, and click OK. See screenshots:
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Case 2 Convert Date as Text format to number

If the cells filled with date are text format as below picture shown, how can you do?
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Select a cell next to the date column and type this formula =DATEVALUE(“08/24/2014”), and then press Enter key, the date will be converted to number.
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Notes:

(1) You need to type the dates into the formula and convert them one by one. If the date is in a specific cell, let’s say Cell A1, you can also apply the formula =DATEVALUE(A1), and then drag the Fill Handle to the range as you need.

(2) And this formula cannot work when the date format is dd/mm/yy.

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    Kristina


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    26 days ago

    Hello, I want to convert 1-Apr-20 to 20200401, how can i do it automatically? Thank you.
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    Sasi


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    2 months ago

    Hi,

    I want to convert a date like 23/05/2018 to 23052018. Any formula to do that automatically?

    Thank you

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      Sunny


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      1 months ago

      Just use Find and Replace function, in findwhat textbox, type /, leave blank in replacewith textbox, to remove all / from the dates.
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    Lothian


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    7 months ago

    Hi,
    I’m trying to convert dates formated as yyyy-mm-dd (2018-01-06) and when entering this function, it displays yyyy-01-dd. I can’t make sense of it, can anyone help?
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      Alfador


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      2 months ago

      This happened to me as well. I kept getting yyyy-00-dd. It’s because I’m in a different country and had to use the local format. =TEXT(A1;”vvvv-kk-pp”) worked fine for me once I figured that out. If you right-click: Format Cells: Custom, you should find examples that use the local year, month, and day formats.
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      Sunny


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      4 months ago

      You can try to format the date cells as custom, and type yyyy-mm-dd into the Type textbox in Format Cells dialog. If you want to know more detail, this is an article talk about three ways to convert dates to yyyy-mm-dd. https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/3289-excel-convert-date-to-yyyy-mm-dd-format.html
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    Ravindra Kamble


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    1 years ago

    want to convert 15/08/2015 into word (Fifteenth August Two Thousand Fifteen) format by using function in excel 2007
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      Sunny


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      1 years ago

      Hello, thanks for your leaving message. To convert date to word, here is a VBA code can help you, however, it is too long to splace here. You can go to this article to get the VBA. https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/excel/4694-excel-date-to-words.html
      Hope it does favor.
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    Ari Hayne-Keon


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    1 years ago

    Hey I need to find an equation that lets me change the date to a decimal equation used in normal book work

    Eg

    Original Date 25/9/2003

    Starting point date on graph = 2000

    Date= 3+[(31+28+31+30+31+30+31+25)/365]

    = 3.74

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