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How to force a column to show data as date ?

Posted on 2011-03-23
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Dear experts,

How I can force a column to show its contents as date instead of text ?

For now the column is formatted as ''date'', but the date is shown as '2011-03-22 instead of 2011-03-22

I tried to format the column via column properties, but nothing changed.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
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SiddharthRout earned 460 total points
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Run this code from a module. I am assuming that the dates are in Col A

Sub Sample()
    Dim i As Long, LastRow As Long
    
    LastRow = Sheets("Sheet1").Range("A" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
    
    For i = 1 To LastRow
        Range("A" & i).Value = Replace(Range("A" & i).Value, "'", "")
    Next i
End Sub

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by:jimyX
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Remove the apostrophe and it will be formatted (if it does exist at the beginning).
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by:currentdb
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The dates are in Col AY and that's the worst nightmare. I'll run your code now and be back.

jimyX: I can do that, but I won't do that for 5000 rows of data...:(
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Sid,

It works :)
Do I have to run the code each time assuming that data from column AY comes back as text ?
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by:joeyw
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insert a new column next to AY and add the formula

=datevalue(AY2)     (assuming data starts in row 2)

copy the formula to the last row (double click the little square at the bottom right corner of the cell)
copy the new column
paste special and choose values to copy the data back into column AY
delete the new column
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by:SiddharthRout
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Yes since you are exporting it to Excel. :(

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@joeyw: datevalue?

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by:currentdb
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Yes since you are exporting it to Excel. :( ---> Instead of running the code manually, is there a possibility to call it from a macro? assuming that this macro executes itself on open (when the worksheet is opened).

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converts a string formatted as a date to a date.  The ' makes the cell value a string.

However, if this is a spreadsheet where the data is recreated regularly, I would recommend the creating the module in a workbook (I create a workbook called Useful macros) and then opening the macro workbook and the data workbook at the same time.  You can then access the macros from you data workbook to reformat this everytime (assuming the data always stays in column AY.
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joeyw:

I mean datevalue won't work for date stored as '2/12/2010

It will only work with =DATEVALUE("8/22/2010")

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Oops you are right joeyw.

I was testing it as =DATEVALUE("'2/12/2010") and not as =datevalue(AY2)

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by:joeyw
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I tried it just before i posted to make sure it would work with the apostrophe and it worked fine
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no worries.
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by:SiddharthRout
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currentdb: Paste this code in the workbook open event.

Private Sub Workbook_Open()
    Dim i As Long, LastRow As Long
    
    LastRow = Sheets("Sheet1").Range("AY" & Rows.Count).End(xlUp).Row
    
    For i = 1 To LastRow
        Range("AY" & i).Value = Replace(Range("AY" & i).Value, "'", "")
    Next i
End Sub

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Sid, looks like it works! ;) It even works on the other sheet linked to a Ms-Access table. Finally a nightmare comes to an end for this (I hope so ) :)
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Gr8 :)

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by:currentdb
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As always, thank you very much for your help. It's much appreciated :)
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Sid, just opened another question here (an easy one for you of course) : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Office_Suites/MS_Office/Excel/Q_26906242.html
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