Beyond the Help files . . .



Access  ¨  Excel  ¨ FrontPage ¨ Outlook ¨ PowerPoint ¨  Word ¨    Miscellaneous  ¨  Tutorials  ¨  Windows  ¨  Free Downloads



Fixing Bad Dates in Microsoft Excel

Somebody sent you some lame date layout, such as a column of dates not formatted as dates, and no matter what you do, you can't get them to be formatted properly.

Here's a formula that will help you get it right. If you use the DATE formula, Excel wants the first part to be the year:


The second part is the month:


The third part is the day (date):


Another method is to use the Text to Columns Feature. Select the entire column of "bad" dates, and hit DataŕText to Columns. Choose Delimited, hit Next, hit Next again to get to Step 3 of 3. Then choose the YMD date format from the Date dropdown, and hit Finish.


Back to top... debuted on May 26, 2005. provides examples of Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. The Formulas, Functions and Visual Basic procedures on this web site are provided "as is" and we do not guarantee that they can be used in all situations.

Access®, Excel®, FrontPage®, Outlook®, PowerPoint®, Word® are registered trademarks of the Microsoft Corporation.
MrExcel® TM is a registered trademark of Tickling Keys, Inc.

All contents © 1998-2014 by MrExcel Consulting | All rights reserved