Excel summing up text

I have created the first three columns with =TEXT(MONTH($B1),"00"), =TEXT(DAY($B1),"00"), and  =TEXT(YEAR($B1),"00")
07      17      2014      0717
The fourth column is simply combining the text; =$B$1&$C$1
I have several of these.  Now I need to add them all up.  How do i add "text"?  The text are numbers.
For example:

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It will add everything in between those cells  b1,b2,b3,b4,b5.


Randy PooleCommented:
chimaAuthor Commented:
HA2014 (short 14), yeah one would link so, this is the first thing I tried, but it did not work.  Did you try it?
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chimaAuthor Commented:
Randy, you might be on the right path; =sum(VALUE($B$1:$B$5)  I'll go try it.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Just in case Randy got it so quickly, may i ask another question with this one?  How can I "associate" two or more tabs within the same "worksheet," so that if one tab is move the other will follow?  Or, make two or more tabs look/act as one tab?  In other words; "joining tabs"?
Randy PooleCommented:
Elaborate on tabs, do you mean 2 worksheets in the same workbook?
chimaAuthor Commented:
Randy, Oops!, you are right 2 worksheets in the same workbook?

In answer to adding text, again you are right.  I had to add VALUE() to each text cell, then do the summation.
This works, but for my purpose it drops the 0 between two numbers;
=TEXT(MONTH($B1),"00") has 07
=TEXT(DAY($B1),"00") has 17
and  =TEXT(YEAR($B1),"00") has 2014
07      17      2014    

The fourth column is simply combining the text; =$B$1&$C$1 has  0717
When I use VALUE() it convert it to 717, which this is okay, but when i get to August, 0801 is converted to 81 and I need 801.

 May I ask the question this way.  I have a second sheet/tab and I use this ='62 Max Days'!E1
E1 has this =$B$1&$C$1  
E1 is in the first worksheet,  so this is okay =VALUE($B$1)&VALUE($C$1), but the zeroes are dropped.
And I can't do this; =VALUE('62 Max Days'!E1)  nor can I do this ='62 Max Days'!VALUE(E1)
And this does not work; ='62 Max Days'!(VALUE(E1))

chimaAuthor Commented:
Excel-tab-association-tie.PNGThese are the two tabs I want to associate.  In the first sheet I have my data and in the second I do some calculations.
I cannot combine the two, because (to my way of thinking) on the first sheet I can click on the upper left button to highlight ALL of the rows and columns.  If I had calculations there, I would grab those, which I do not wish to do so.
Randy PooleCommented:
Not sure on the association of 2 sheets, never heard that before.  As for the value you would do a value of
=VALUE($B$1&$C$1) which would omit the leading zero but should work fine on the 08 example you posted.

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chimaAuthor Commented:
Randy, one would hope.  Tried it and this is what I get;
Each cell is a separate value and drops the leading zero
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
To overcome adding up the text values, assuming your B1&C1 formulas are in column D, use:

=SUM(D1:D5*1)  Confirm with Shift Ctrl & Enter, this will add {   } at either end of the formula. This will convert 0717 to 717 and 0801 to 801.

This will do the same as Randy's suggestion:


but will also need entering with Shift Ctrl & Enter.

On a broader note, what are you trying to acheive by adding up your date values? If you want to determine number of days between two dates you can just subtract earlier date from later date and then format as a number rather than a date.

Rob H
chimaAuthor Commented:
Rob and Randy, I apologize for the delay...off on a long weekend.  Rob I will try your suggestion and get back to you.
I'm testing this application which manages days and the data for each day.  I am simply associating a date with data indicating which date it is.  See you before the morning is over.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Well, I need to apologize to Randy.  When I tired VALUE($B$1&$B$5) I did not see that it actually worked.  I must have done something wrong.  Problem solved, I'll issue the points shortly.
chimaAuthor Commented:
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