Excel 2010 - Sorting column headings containing dates won't work.

I can't seem to sort a row of dates in a column heading.  Are there any tips, tricks and traps anyone can share?
Yes, I tried right clicking and changing the sort methodology to "jan, feb, mar" but it STILL didn't sort correctly.
My Pivot table data comes from a SQL server.  Does this make a difference?
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorCommented:
I'm sure the Excel experts here would be able to give you an Excel UI-specific answer, but in SQL this situation dictates returning a numeric month that is sortable, and sort on that, even if that column is hidden.  Then the display column is Jan, Feb, Mar..
brothertruffle880Author Commented:
Hi Jim:
I'm getting dates from SQL that are formatted like this:
8/22/2013  [next excel cell to the right]  8/27/2013   [next excel cell to the right]   9/1/2013  
and I can't seem to sort it in proper date order.

I suspect that Excel thinks that those cells are text rather than dates. Please enter the number 0 in a cell and copy that cell. Then, select the date cells and do a Paste Special, selecting "Value" and "Add". That should convert the text dates to the numbers that Excel uses for dates. (You'll see something like 41513 for today's date - just change the cells' format to a date one.)

If this doesn't work then please post a file with just those cells.

Edit: Oops, is your PC's time in mm/dd/yyyy format?


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brothertruffle880Author Commented:
It was in text and had random embedded SPACES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks, brothertruffle880.
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