# Tricky date & time formula

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Hello,

It seems like I keep falling into the trap of thinking I've got dates & times formulas figured out in Excel but then a new scenario comes along and I find myself completely confused once again.  :P

For example, in the following screenshot, each value in Columns B-G (blue font) was made manually. The goal is to come up with a formula in Column I which combines the values in the preceding columns into an entry with the format shown.

Notes:

• All cells in the spreadsheet have General formatting.

• This includes the "Time" column. In other words, Col E is NOT formatted to military or any other time format. However, values in the thousands & hundreds columns represent hours and values in the tens & ones columns represent minutes (i.e. #hmm) with AM/PM signified by the single character in Col F

• The general desired format for Col I is:

yyyymmmdd(ddd)hhmma_text…        (for AM times)
yyyymmmdd(ddd)hhmmp_text…        (for PM times)

• At first glance, a simple concatenation formula seemed as though it would suffice. However, numeric months must be changed to 3-letter months and, the real curveball, days must be converted to the correct 3-letter day for the right month in the right year.

I'm looking forward to the solution.

Thanks
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Commented:
Hi,

pls try

``````=A2&TEXT(DATE(A2,B2,1),"MMM")&TEXT(C2,"00")&"("&TEXT(DATE(A2,B2,C2),"ddd")&")"&TEXT(D2,"0000")&E2&"_"&F2
``````

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Commented:
Thanks for the response.

Your cell references are not exactly correct but you helped me get the formula:

=B3&
TEXT(DATE(B3,C3,D3),"mmm")&
TEXT(DATE(B3,C3,D3),"dd")&
"("&
TEXT(DATE(B3,C3,D3),"ddd")&
")"&
TEXT(E3,"0000")&
F3&
"_"&
G3
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Commented:
You could probably combine the first 3 TEXT functions - I got the same result with this formula in I3

=TEXT(DATE(B3,C3,D3),"yyyymmmdd(ddd)")&TEXT(E3,"0000")&F3&"_"&G3

regards, barry

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