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Convert Date Text to Regular Date Format

Posted on 2011-03-01
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Hello:

I have a spreasheet that has text dates in Column A. I want to convert the dates so they look like this 11/13/2009, 12/07/2009, etc...

NOV 13 2009
DEC  7,2009
NOV 24,2009
DEC 14,2009
OCT  8,2009
OCT 21,2009
NOV  6,2009

I tried using this formula in Column B
 =DATEVALUE(MID(A1,4,2)&"/"&MID(A1,1,3)&"/"&MID(A1,7,4))
but I get the #Value Error.

Dan
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by:jppinto
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You get the error because at the end of your formula you need to change the 4 by a 5, like this:

=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,4,2)&"/"&MID(A1,1,3)&"/"&MID(A1,7,5))

jppinto
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by:jppinto
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But your formula doesn't work for the rest of the rows...just for row 1.
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by:barry houdini
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I think you have some double spaces so that throws the formula out, try this version

=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,5,2)&"/"&LEFT(A1,3)&"/"&RIGHT(A1,4))

regards, barry
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barry houdini earned 400 total points
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I expect my suggestion above to work, but when I copied your dates from the board some of the characters are CHAR(160)s rather than spaces. I assume that's just Experts Exchange converting the data but if those are in your original data you might need this version

=DATEVALUE(SUBSTITUTE(LEFT(RIGHT(A1,7),2),CHAR(160),"")&"/"&LEFT(A1,3)&"/"&RIGHT(A1,4))

regards, barry
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by:jppinto
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I tryed with this:

=DATEVALUE(MID(A1,FIND(" ",A1,1),3) & "/" & LEFT(A1,3) &"/" & RIGHT(A1,4))

It works on most of the values you presented. Are the double spaces for real or are they just a typo?
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by:RecipeDan
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Thanks both of you for your help. The double spaces are real. It was a spreadsheet that was given to me.
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