How combine dates in a cell

I have 4 cells for examlpe that have dates in them like...
6/14/2011      6/15/2011      6/16/2011      6/17/2011

In a 5th cell I want to use the 1st cell from above and the last cell from above and make it say...

"6/14/2011 - 6/17/2011"  (without the quote marks).

How can I do this?

--Steve
SteveL13Asked:
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barry houdiniCommented:
Hello Steve, it shouldn't matter whether the dates are just input or returned by a formula

If WORKDAY function gives the dates then they must be real dates so TEXT function should work. I used this formula in a merged cell and it worked fine

=TEXT(D4,"m/d/yyyy")&" - "&TEXT(G4,"m/d/yyyy")

If that doesn't work for you then it may be because of regional variations in the TEXT function, do you have non US regional settings? If so then you might have to adjust the "m/d/yyyy" part in the TEXT function to account for language differences....otherwise this workaround should work whatever your regional settings:

=MONTH(D4)&"/"&DAY(D4)&"/"&YEAR(D4)&" - "&MONTH(G4)&"/"&DAY(G4)&"/"&YEAR(G4)

regards, barry
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zorvek (Kevin Jones)ConsultantCommented:
=A1+" - "+D1

Kevin
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nutschCommented:
Assuming your dates are in a1 through D1
=text(a1,"mm/dd/yyy") & " - " & text(d1,"mm/dd/yyy")

Thomas
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zorvek (Kevin Jones)ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, I'm working in C# right now ;-)

=A1&" - "&D1

Kevin
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zorvek (Kevin Jones)ConsultantCommented:
I also just realize that the date format in the source cell is NOT copied so use Thomas's solution.

Kevin
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SteveL13Author Commented:
None of these work so far.
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zorvek (Kevin Jones)ConsultantCommented:
Did you try Thomas's solution? It works at my house.

Make sure the cell references match your own.

Kevin
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rspahitzCommented:
=MONTH(A1)&"/" & DAY(A1)&"/"&YEAR(A1) & " - " & MONTH(D1)&"/" & DAY(D1)&"/"&YEAR(D1)
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nutschCommented:
see attached file for use in action:

Thomas
datefile.xls
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ssisworoCommented:
TRY This :
 
= CONCATENATE(TEXT(A1,"m/d/yyyy")," - ",TEXT(D1,"m/d/yyyy"))

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rspahitzCommented:
Steve, what message do you get when you try nutsch's proposed solution? (or the others)?
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SteveL13Author Commented:
So far nothing has worked.  Just for reference my cells are D4 and G4.  I've altered the suggestions accordingly.  The error I get is #Value!

One other comment... the cell I'm putting these attempted formulas into is a merged "bunch" of cells from D23 to G23.  I don't know if that matters or not.

????
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SteveL13Author Commented:
I think I have found a clue but still don't know what to do about it.  The problem is, cells D4 and G4 are formula cells like....   =WORKDAY(E4, -1, Holidays)

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rspahitzCommented:
just as a test, try this: set H4 formula to =G4

If that works, try =D4; if that works, try =D4&G4

If you don't get a date or number, your problem is in the original cells.

BTW  =D4&G4    should always work (to give you something that's not an error) if you see non-error values in D4 and H4 so that would indicate to me that you might be using the wrong symbol or (if copying) that you are copying something that is collecting some hidden "garbage".
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patrickabCommented:
if tht dates are in one cell in one long string, just use. ALT+Enter betweeen each pair of dates.
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