Tricky date & time formula

Posted on 2014-03-03
Last Modified: 2014-03-09

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.


• 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.

Question by:WeThotUWasAToad
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Rgonzo1971 earned 500 total points
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pls try


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WeThotUWasAToad earned 0 total points
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Thanks for the response.

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

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by:barry houdini
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You could probably combine the first 3 TEXT functions - I got the same result with this formula in I3


regards, barry

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