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Posted on 2014-04-25
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Can an expert assist with the formatting of the dates in the attached file please.

I need to be able to sort the dates so that they will sort
01/01/2012
02/01/2012
etc etc
01/02/2012
02/02/2012
etc etc
01/03/2013
02/03/2012
etc etc

Thanks
Dates-HELP-please.xlsx
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Question by:Jagwarman
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by:itjockey
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In cell B2 enter this formula =Value(A2) formula drop down copy column B and past to column A and sort.
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by:Saqib Husain, Syed
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If your computer is configured for dd/mm/yy system then a normal sort will do just what you are looking for.
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some modification -  insert this formula in B2 =TEXT(A2,"DD-MM-YY")
Formula Drop Down.
Copy Column B & past to Column A.
Sort.

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by:Qlemo
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The raw XML shows the dates are in dd-mm-yyyy format, which shouldn't be an issue in any locale, so we can assume the internal representation is converted correctly into "date".

The question is: how is your system configured? If it is mm/dd/yyyy, which is default for US and many other countries, you need to format them differently for displaying. Sort just works.
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