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How can I merge the date and time into a single cell and have it formatted as mm-dd-yyyy hh:mm:ss? I am attaching the excel spreadsheet. I know that I can use a formula, however I was not able to get it to work. I have not used excel formulas before. CITY-OF-OCALA-11211-1-.xlsx
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Add the two together and format as desired.

=B8+C8

See attached.

Kevin
CITY-OF-OCALA-11211-1-.xlsx
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When I used =B8+C8, I only got the date. Also, how do you format as mm-dd-yyyy hh:mm:ss?
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Adding the two together give you a date time value. It has to be formatted to display the hours, minutes, and seconds. See the formatting in the sample I uploaded. The format is "m/d/yyyy h:mm:ss".

Kevin
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Under the format I selected custom, butI don't see the format that you have. I don't see "m/d/yyyy h:mm:ss". There is "m/d/yyyy h:mm".



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You have to enter it manually. The custom formats that are displayed are previous ones that you entered.

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One more question. Once you have the merged column, can you get rid of the original columns or do they have to stay?
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You can delete the original columns but you first have to copy and paste as values the new column data because it contains a formula referencing the other columns to be deleted.

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How do you paste the values. When I tried it, it copied it as a formula same as the Column I copied from.
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To convert one or more formulas to values in Excel 2003 and earlier, select the cells containing the formulas and press CTRL+C. Choose the menu command Edit->Paste Special, select Values, and click OK. Use the same technique to copy formulas as values to any other range.

In Excel 2007 and later, press CTRL+C, navigate to the Home tab and select "Paste Values" from the "Paste" menu in the "Clipboard" group.

To convert a single cell to a value (replace the formula with the formula result), press F9 instead of Enter when entering the formula.

Kevin
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Thanks, I appologize for my lack of knowledge, but you gave me exactly what I needed. Thanks again.
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