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Exported date field not recognized as date in Excel

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by DanRJFrost, Oct 11, 2013.

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  1. DanRJFrost

    DanRJFrost Thread Starter

    Dec 6, 2011

    I have a large report of application forms which have been submitted including the date when they were submitted however the dates are formatted incorrectly.

    1. Although the cell formatting is dd/mm/yyyy the data is being shown in mm/dd/yyyy which means the dates are incorrect (e.g. 2nd January would read as 1st February.)
    2. As a result of this dates which are passed the 12th of a month are not accepted as dates (it reads the day figure as months and there is no 13th month etc)

    I have tried to use the text to columns function but that makes no difference and I have tried to extract just the dates but I've had no luck.

    Can anyone help, I've attached a small sample of the data.



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  2. OBP


    Mar 8, 2005
    Where does the data come from?
    What do you get if you have no cell format?
  3. XCubed


    Feb 21, 2013

    The Text to Columns does work under these conditions;

    Use "Fixed Width" as the parsing condition
    where you have Times you will see 2 columns
    Click in the time column and click on "Do not import" if you don't care about the time
    Click in the date Column and set it to Date: MDY
    Click Finish

    By setting the date to MDY you are telling Excel how the input data is configured and it will then translate it to your default.

    In the future when you import the data you should paste it into a text or csv file and "Import" it using the same rules as above. If that is not feasible you can always set up a simple macro to do what I described above.
  4. DanRJFrost

    DanRJFrost Thread Starter

    Dec 6, 2011

    Thanks Xcubed that has worked brilliantly.

    The data is produced by the system on a daily basis, I'm speaking with the tech team who created it to see if they can change this.

    Much much appreciated.

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