Whenever you import data from your company’s server, ERP system or any other source for that matter, the Dates usually come in a TEXT format.

I will show you a cool trick where you can turn the TEXT Date to a values Date that Excel can read and work with.

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STEP 1: Let’s confirm that the Dates are in TEXT format by including the ISTEXT function.

A TRUE means that it is a TEXT format:

istext function

STEP 2: Now that we know that our Dates are in TEXT format we can select the Dates column

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STEP 3: Go to Data > Text to Columns > Finish

text to columns

This will turn the TEXT Date into an Excel Date!  How quick was that?!?!?!

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If this does not fix your dates then you can use other methods to clean up that sticky, stubborn TEXT date:

Text To Columns: Dates

Turn Text To Values With Paste Special Values

Top Excel Data Cleansing Techniques

 

Text to Columns - One Click

THIS TIP WAS INSPIRED BY JORDAN GOLDMEIER ON THE FOLLOWING EXCEL TV EPISODE:

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