What does it do?
Converts the date in text format into Excel’s date serial number
What it means:
=DATEVALUE(the date to be converted)
Ever had a lot of dates in different textual formats, it was a pain to deal with! Thankfully there is the DATEVALUE Formula in Excel that converts these text dates into the proper Excel date value.
Once converted, you can perform your analysis since they are now in the Excel date format.
I explain how you can do this below:
STEP 1: We need to enter the DATEVALUE function in a blank cell:
STEP 2: The DATEVALUE arguments:
What is the textual date that you want to convert to the proper Excel date?
Select the cell containing the date:
Apply the same formula to the rest of the cells by dragging the lower right corner downwards.
You now have your proper dates! Notice the December 12 dates all resulted to the same DATEVALUE!
How to Use the DATEVALUE Formula in Excel