format date like this YYYYMMDD

I have a date in my excel spreadsheet that looks like this format 5/12/2015

how would i make it like this for all rows

YYYYMMDD
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Guru JiCommented:
Just right click on the field and click Format Cell

Then select Custom and there you enter YYYYMMDD or YYYY/MM/DD

you can select all cells and change the format at same time too or use Format painter to do the job for you to apply to rest of the cells

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Subodh Tiwari (Neeraj)Excel & VBA ExpertCommented:
Follow these steps....

Select the date range --> Right click on one of the selected cell --> Choose Format Cells --> Select Custom under Number category --> In the box below Type (where you see General by default, delete it) type yyyymmdd --> Click OK
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Just use a custom format:

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Just use YYYYMMDD as format (mine is German localized).
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ProfessorJimJamMicrosoft Excel ExpertCommented:
assuming your date is in A1 put this formula

=text(a1, "YYYYMMDD")
byundtMechanical EngineerCommented:
If the date in question won't change appearance when you change the format of the cells, then it is likely that the cell actually contains text that looks like a date. Actual dates are numbers--specifically the number of days since January 0, 1900.

If you want to convert a column of text that looks like dates into real dates (the kind you can reformat), then I suggest you use the Text to Columns menu item.
1. Select the cells with the dates to be converted. These must be in a single column.
2. On the Data ribbon, select the Text to Columns menu item
3. In the first step of the resulting wizard, choose Delimited as the type of data, then click Next
4. In the second step of the wizard, uncheck the boxes for any delimiters that are present in your "dates", then click the Next button.
5. In the third step of the wizard, choose Dates as the type, then specify whether the dates are in DMY or MDY format. Click Finish.
6. Format the cells with your desired YYYYMMDD format using the Custom number format menu item as discussed by the previous Experts
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