I was asked the other day about changing the date format in Excel from ddmmyyyy to dd/mm/yyyy. I tried using custom formatting without success.
Assuming that the first date to be converted is in cell A2, I used the following formula =LEFT(A2,2)&”/”&MID(A2,3,2)&”/”&RIGHT(A2,4) and that did the trick.
If any dates begin with 0, you may need to convert then to text first as they will not show the initial 0 if they are in number format.
Things have progressed since I wrote that original blog!
If you are using Excel 2013 or Excel 2016 you can use Flash Fill to quickly format the data.
In cell B2, type 20/05/2013, click the tick to the left of the Formula bar, then press Ctrl + E or click the Data tab, then click Flash Fill.
Another possibility is to use Data – Text to Columns. As you go through the stages of the wizard, leave on default settings but in Step 3, click Date. Click Finish. Your data should now be formatted as dates.
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