asked on # Change the written name of a month into its numerical equivalent in Excel

Hello,

**Is there a formula in Excel (2010) that will change the written name of a month into its numerical equivalent?**

I frequently run across date entries in which the year and day are specified by numbers but the month is specified by a word. For example, the following is from the Date&Time column in a database of recorded events from a webpage:

...

May 20, 2012 7:55:14 PM >>> 05/20/12

May 20, 2012 2:26:33 PM >>> 05/20/12

May 20, 2012 9:33:20 AM >>> 05/20/12

May 19, 2012 9:47:38 AM >>> 05/19/12

May 18, 2012 11:57:02 PM >>> 05/18/12

May 18, 2012 11:52:19 PM >>> 05/18/12

May 18, 2012 12:42:01 PM >>> 05/18/12

...

The long entries on the left reveal the format of the original data and the familiar 2-slash dates on the right display the desired format with the time discarded.

The following code effects the conversion:

In if that is not the case however, feel free to copy the following to save in your bag of shortcuts for the next time you need it.

I frequently run across date entries in which the year and day are specified by numbers but the month is specified by a word. For example, the following is from the Date&Time column in a database of recorded events from a webpage:

...

May 20, 2012 7:55:14 PM >>> 05/20/12

May 20, 2012 2:26:33 PM >>> 05/20/12

May 20, 2012 9:33:20 AM >>> 05/20/12

May 19, 2012 9:47:38 AM >>> 05/19/12

May 18, 2012 11:57:02 PM >>> 05/18/12

May 18, 2012 11:52:19 PM >>> 05/18/12

May 18, 2012 12:42:01 PM >>> 05/18/12

...

The long entries on the left reveal the format of the original data and the familiar 2-slash dates on the right display the desired format with the time discarded.

The following code effects the conversion:

```
=DATE(
MID(A1,SEARCH(",",A1)+2,4),
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jan",1,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Feb",2,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Mar",3,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Apr",4,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="May",5,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jun",6,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jul",7,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Aug",8,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Sep",9,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Oct",10,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Nov",11,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Dec",12)))))))))))),
MID(A1,SEARCH(" ",A1)+1,SEARCH(",",A1)-1-SEARCH(" ",A1))
)
```

However, it would certainly be a lot simpler and cleaner if there was a single function, etc., for the Month argument. In fact, for something so common, I anticipate there is (a function) and I have just not yet learned it. In if that is not the case however, feel free to copy the following to save in your bag of shortcuts for the next time you need it.

```
=IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jan",1,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Feb",2,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Mar",3,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Apr",4,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="May",5,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jun",6,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Jul",7,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Aug",8,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Sep",9,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Oct",10,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Nov",11,
IF(LEFT(A1,3)="Dec",12))))))))))))
```

Thanks
Microsoft Excel

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Then you can just format the cells, select Custom and use mm/dd/yy

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barry, will =Month(1&A1) work with 3 character month names, as well?

Dave

Dave

Dave,

Did it not do so in your tests?

It did in mine.

Brad

Did it not do so in your tests?

It did in mine.

Brad

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William Peck

Thanks for that, Brad, lol.

Neat stuff. Amazing the backflips you guys come up with. (by backflips, I mean the stuff that's not obvious).

Cheers,

Dave

Neat stuff. Amazing the backflips you guys come up with. (by backflips, I mean the stuff that's not obvious).

Cheers,

Dave

Great responses. Thanks