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Excel query to convert date format

Posted on 2011-02-19
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I have an excel query that returns data from my Pervasive db. However the date format is not recognized as a date by excel. How can I convert the date format so that it is recognized by excel. I would prefer to have it converted with the query statement but if that can't be done I would have to convert it once it is returned to excel.
Here is the date format it returns:
YYYYMMDD
so Feb 19 2011 is shown as 20110219
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by:Aaron Tomosky
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If you can get it to yyyy-mm-dd excel will recognize it.
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by:mirtheil
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From a Pervasive perspective, that doesn't seem like a data field because PSQL keeps the format as yyyy-mm-dd.  You can convert it to that format in a PSQL query with something like:
select left(f1, 4) + '-' + substring(f1,4,2) + '-' + right(f1,2) from table
You can even convert that to a Date data type with the following:
select CONVERT (left(f1, 4) + '-' + substring(f1,4,2) + '-' + right(f1,2), SQL_DATE) from table
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Ingeborg Hawighorst earned 250 total points
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Hello,

You can use several techniques in Excel to convert this to a date.

Method 1:

Select the column with the dates, then click Data > Text to Columns > Fixed Width. Click Next and in the "Column Data Format" area select Date and use the dropdown to set it to YMD. Then click Finish.


Method 2:

Use a helper column with the formula (assuming your "date" values are in column A, starting in row 1)

=DATE(LEFT(A1,4),MID(A1,5,2),RIGHT(A1,2))

Copy the formula down all rows.

Copy the results of the helper column and use Paste Special > Values to paste them over the original data, then delete the helper column.

cheers, teylyn

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