Date Conversion from Engineering Notation to Standard xx/xx/xx

I've exported data from Active Directory and imported the resultant .csv file into MS Excel. All the dates and times are displaying in MS Excel in Engineering Notation format and are of no use in this format.

How can I get the dates from Active Directory such that they display correctly?  Or how can I use MS Excel to view the correct date in the appropriate format.

I tried changing the column format.  Didn't work.  I also tried to change the field type to "Date" when importing the data.csv into excel.

Specifically looking for date fields like "LastLogon" or "modified".  Getting 1.32314E+16 where it should read 3/14/2014 or something similar.

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You need only select the column and change its formatting to date/time in the format you want dd/mm/yyyy h:m:s..
The other option is open excel first, then open the csv and there you will have the option to designate the formatting of columns as you need them.
egaloisAuthor Commented:
Thanks Arnold, but if you read in my original post, I tried both these methods.  Thanks though.
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Mohammed RahmanCommented:
Did you try custom sort column as dd/mm/yyyy
egaloisAuthor Commented:
Hi Mohammed, Can you be more specific?  I'm not sure what you mean. Apologies.
Mohammed RahmanCommented:
Select the column you want to sort as dd/mm/yyyy... At top in format dropdown, select custom...or i think its called more number format, its the last option in dropdown. Select custom, at right pane of new pop up, select the format of your choice. Like: dd-mm-yy (there would be lots of options to choose from)

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What is the format of the date in the csv file when viewed using notepad/wordpad.?

Try the following, open excel first. Then use open/insert file and select the csv and see whether it triggers the wizard to match the source of data to place them in columns. once you set comma as separator, .you have th option to choose each column and designate the format


The idea is to guide the csv data handling so as to not have excel choose an option for a cell/column that does not work for you.
egaloisAuthor Commented:
Thank you Mohammed and Arnold. I appreciate the help thus far.  The format is ldap's native formatting for dates exported.  

Here is an article that speaks to more of the specifics.  I just found this.  Not sure it's my solution yet.  But it's getting me closer.  Using excel to reformat directly doesn't work. No matter how the data is treated.  Because excel doesn't seem to recognize the original format.
Mohammed RahmanCommented:
Can you help us with a CSV (if possible). We can probably try import it to excel and hopefully come up with a solution or an alternative.
Define the column first  as a date time in the format yyyymmddHHMMss when importing the csv, you can then change the format as you see fit.
What are you using the export? What tools do you have to preprocess the .csv?
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
what you are seeing are ticks to excel if ticks are in A1
=IF(A1>0,A1/(8.64*10^11) - 109205,"") format destination cell as datesample picture
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