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Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Rafty, Jan 18, 2002.

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  1. Rafty

    Rafty Thread Starter

    Mar 4, 1999
    When I type 6-23 in a cell it is converted to read:
    23 Jun. How do I turn this feature off. I want the cell to
    read 6-23.
  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    Set the cell properties to general or text.
  3. Raphael


    Jun 20, 2001
    Another way to do it is to put ' mark before your number, the ' mark will not come out in the cell, it's just Excel's way of saying "leave this cell alone".
  4. Gram123


    Mar 15, 2001
    Third option, if you want to keep it as a date, but have it appear as you type it you can change it to a "Custom" type:

    Click on the cell to select it, click Format, Cells. Select "Custom" in the category on the left and click in the "Type" box. Type the date format in the way you want it - in your example you would type:


    You can also use these:
    y = year
    m = month
    d = date
    h = hour
    m = minute
    s = second

    Doubling these up gives single figure dates a zero in front, and using 4 letters gives the full name of the day, month, year so:

    m-d = 6-23
    mm-dd-yy = 06-23-01
    dddd-dd-mmmm-yyyy = Sunday-23-June-2001

  5. Anne Troy

    Anne Troy

    Feb 14, 1999
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    Click on the letter of the column into which you intend to enter dates, choose Format-Cells, choose the Number tab. From the category, choose date. From the right-hand side, choose one of the date types shown. Or, as Gram said, choose Custom and type one in.

    If you ALWAYS want 4-digit-year dates, then go into the regional settings of the control panel, Date tab, and choose both a short and long date that have yyyy at the end.
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