Excel date format display issue

Posted on 2015-01-12
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Last Modified: 2015-01-12

Attached excel sheet I want to convert date format in Red columns into dd/mm/yyyy
Question by:a500505077
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The dates in the red columns are not really dates, they are numbers. You need to convert them to strings and then extract the required elements and convert them to dates.
The formula is:
where the date is in cell F2.
See the attached file.

TEXT(F2,"00000000") converts the number to text and pads it on the left with zeros for the short dates.
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Saqib Husain, Syed earned 2000 total points
ID: 40544069
You can use this macro if the column headers are colored as in the file given by you

Sub txt2date()
    Dim cel As Range
    For Each col In Range("1:1")
    If col.Interior.Color = 255 Then
    For Each cel In col.EntireColumn.Cells
        If cel.Row > 1 Then
            If Trim(cel) <> "" Then
                cel = DateSerial(Right(cel, 4), Mid(cel, Len(cel) - 5, 2), Left(cel, Len(cel) - 6))
                cel.NumberFormat = "dd/mm/yyyy"
            End If
        End If
        Next cel
        End If
    Next col
End Sub

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by:Rob Henson
ID: 40544232
A shorter formula:


Allows for the ddmmyyyy and the dmmyyyy formats.

Put the above formula into column AN and then copy and paste to columns AR, AZ, BE and BF, You can then copy this whole block (AN to BF) and paste values back onto the original data, select the skip blanks option so it doesn't overwrite the values of the columns between.

Rob H
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Expert Comment

ID: 40544828
I assume that the columns aren't actually colored red when you want to run the macro. I therefore specified the columns to be converted in the following macro:
Sub DateConverter()
Dim v As Variant
Dim cel As Range, rg As Range
Application.ScreenUpdating = False
With ActiveSheet
    For Each v In Array("B", "F", "N", "S", "T")
        Set rg = Intersect(.Columns(v), .UsedRange)
        For Each cel In rg.Cells
            If IsNumeric(cel.Value) Then
                cel.Value = Format(cel.Value, "00\/00\/0000")
            End If
        rg.TextToColumns Destination:= _
            rg.Cells(1), DataType:=xlDelimited, TextQualifier:=xlDoubleQuote, ConsecutiveDelimiter:=False, Tab:=True, _
            Semicolon:=False, Comma:=False, Space:=False, Other:=False, FieldInfo:=Array(1, 4), TrailingMinusNumbers:=True
        rg.NumberFormat = "dd/mm/yyyy"
End With
End Sub

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Expert Comment

ID: 40544845
And if you want a formula solution and your default date format is dd/mm/yyyy:
You will need to format the column as dd/mm/yyyy, as the values will otherwise appear to be numbers like 40384.

The above formula will not work in all cases if your default date format is mm/dd/yyyy. In particular, an ambiguous date like 03/05/2014 will be converted to March 5, 2014 rather than the desired 3 May 2014.

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