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Display a Date value by combining General values from other cells in Excel

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Hello,

In Excel (2007), suppose that columns A, B and C have a General format and contain values representing month, day, and year respectively.  What formula in column D will combine the A-C values from the corresponding row so that column D will display the full date with the format m/d/yyyy?

For example:

    If A1 = 3, B1 = 16 and C1 = 2006, then D1 = 3/16/2006
    If A2 = 11, B2 = 5 and C2 = 2010, then D2 = 11/5/2010
    If A3 = 7, B3 = 31 and C3 = 2008, then D3 = 7/31/2008
    and so on...

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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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Just use DATE function, e.g. in D1

=DATE(C1,A1,B1)

the cell format should default to your default date setting - change format as reuierd

regards, barry
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by:Steve_Brady
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Thanks Barry,

I had a feeling that there was some simple way to do that but I couldn't get it.  I don't know why but I was trying to use =TEXT(value, format_text) with "m/d/yyyy" as the format but I couldn't determine the value.  Is there any way to do it using =TEXT() or is that a dead-end?

Thanks again.
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by:Dave Brett
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Dead end

TEXT changes formats of values, whereas DATE actually creates a value

Cheers

Dave
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by:barry houdini
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Hi, Steve,

You could use the DATE function inside a TEXT function like this

=TEXT(DATE(C1,A1,B1),"m/d/yyyy")

but your result is then text and not a date....so unless you have a specific reason why you'd want it to be text then it's probably better to keep as a true date, you can format it any way you want.

regards, barry
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