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How can I  get Excel to display dates as month-day-year?

Last Modified: 2012-05-09
On one machine, my dates in Excel display as month-day-year, for example May 27, 2010 displays as 05/27/10.  (This machine is Windows XP, in case that's significant.  Excel 2003).

When I take that same file and open it on a different machine (Windows 7, also Excel 2003), the same date displays as 27/05/10.

Is this an Excel thing or a Windows thing?  How can I fix it so the date displays the way I want it, mm/dd/yy  ?

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