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Converting 20130116 to a US Date format in Excel

Posted on 2013-01-29
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I am dumping some information out of our ERP system into Excel.  Within our ERP system the date is written as 20130129.  Excel views this as a text field.  I need to covert this to a date format and have the date be shown as 01/29/2013.  Any suggestions on how to do this?
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barry houdini earned 500 total points
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If you have a column of data like that then the easiest way to convert is to use "Text to columns " functionality

Select column of data then use

Data > Text to columns > Next > Next > under "column data format" choose "Date" and  "YMD" from the dropdown > OK

Now you should have true dates which you can format any way you want

regards, barry
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Great!  Thank you!
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