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Change column type to date

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Is there a way to change the column type to "Date". I have changed the format to "date" but it doesn't work.

I need to manually go to each cell  and press F2 to edit content and then press enter to change it to date format. Just wonder whether a quick way to do this ?

Tks
MyTest.xlsx
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Question by:AXISHK
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by:Steve
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Changing the column to data is a good start, then...
Two issues...

No 1... use Find and replace with 未齐
Press [ctrl]+[f] to open dialog box.
paste the 未齐 into the find.
click 'replace all'

No 2... highlight column 'B' and 'Paste Special' add values.
Go to the bootom of your data.
Click in cell in column 'B' (B4117)
Press [ctrl]+[shift]+[up]
Press [ctrl]+[c] to copy
higlight data in column 'A'
Right click, Paste Special
Select 'Data' and 'Add'
Click 'OK'

This should sort the bulk of your issues
ATB
Steve.
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by:AXISHK
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User want to keep the words, only translate the text field data to actual "date" field. Any alternative solution ? Tks
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by:AXISHK
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No sure option 2 can fix my problem but I can't find the "Data and Add". Attach my screen for your reference.
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by:Glenn Ray
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I'll re-state Steve's 2nd instruction (after you've removed the characters from step one).
1) Click on cell B2
2) Press [Shift]+[Ctrl]+[End].
This will select B2:B4117
3) Press [Ctrl]+[C] (copy)
4) Click on cell A2
5) Click on Menu: Home tab, Clipboard section, Paste, PasteSpecial on the bottom
paste special: add function6) Click OK
This will convert all cells to internal date values (integers, but not formatted as dates)
7) Select A2:A4117
8) Re-format the cells as you wish (dates with names for months).

Regards,
-Glenn
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by:AXISHK
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The Chinese char need to keep for recording purpose. Only change the date field (without text) to pure date field.

Tks
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by:Rory Archibald
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Use Data-Text to Columns, specify delimited, clear all the options in step 2, then in step 3 specify Date and choose the format you have (DMY).
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by:AXISHK
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Sorry, can't get your steps. can you assist with screen dump, Tks
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Here are the three steps.
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