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Alternate way to enter dates in Excel

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I have someone who will be entering about a thousand dates in an Excel spreadsheet.  Is there a way to enter the date as:

1. mmddyy,
2. yymmdd
3. or in any other order that DOES NOT require entering a / or - or some other separator?
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Carol Chisholm earned 1000 total points
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You could have them entre them in any format and use a formula to convert to a date format.
However it is best to use the numeric keypad to enter them with a / or - so that they can see that date is valid before going onto the next one.
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by:Wilder1626
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Hi

These are the basic ones to start with;
date format
Without dashes
without dashes
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by:Carol Chisholm
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If your date is in A1 and is in the format yyyymmdd then the formula to make a date is =DATE(LEFT(A1,4),MID(A1,5,2),RIGHT(A1,2))
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by:Bill Golden
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Sorry, she is working in Excel 2003.....

And formatting the cell *3/14/2001 does not work....
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by:Wilder1626
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did you try like this?
format
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by:Wilder1626
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For the 2003 version, you will go under Format / Cells.
Make sure to select the column you want to apply your new format before you change the format.

formats
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by:Kimputer
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Use VBA, when clicked on the row or column that needs a date, open a userform with a MS Monthview control. NO typing needed on the user side, no FORMATTING errors by the user. Of course, that means you can't yell at the anymore like "OMG you switched the day with the month", since the user probably didn't make that mistake to begin with, or at least very not likely.
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