How to change American date format in Excel?

Different country has different date format. Maybe you are a staff of a multinational corporation in America, and you may receive some spreadsheets from China or other countries, you find there are some date formats that you are not accustomed to using it. What should you do? Today, I will introduce you some ways to solve it by changing other date formats to American date formats in Excel.

Using the Format Cells to change date formats

Using a formula to change date formats

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Using the Format Cells to change date formats

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With this Format Cells function, you can quickly change other date formats to America date format.

1. Select the range you want to change date format, then right-click and choose Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Format Cells dialog box:

  • Select the Number tab.
  • Choose Date from the category list.
  • Specify which country’s date formats you want to use from Locale (location) drop down list.
  • Select the date format from Type list. See Screenshot:

3. Click OK. It will apply the date format to the range. See screenshots:


Using a formula to change date formats

You can use a formula to convert the date format according to following steps:

1. In a blank cell, input the formula =TEXT(A1, "mm/dd/yyyy"), in this case in cell B1, see screenshot:

2. Then press Enter key, and select cell B1, drag the fill handle across to the range that you want to use, and you will get a new column date formats. See screenshot:

As they are formulas, you need to copy and paste them as values.


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With the Apply Date Formatting utility, you can quickly apply many different date formats.

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1. Select the range you want to change date formats in your worksheet.

2. Click Kutools > Format Tools > Apply Date Formatting, see screenshot:

3. In the Apply Date Formatting dialog box, choose the proper date format you need. See screenshot:

4. Click OK or Apply, it will apply the date formats to the range.

With this tool, you can interchange many date formats, such as from American date formats to Chinese date formats, from European date formats to American date formats, and so on.

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Comments  

+1#Judy Trainer2013-11-07 06:29
I have just installed Kutools for Excel in the hope that it would change the Americanised dates to Australian format however I must have done something wrong as I can't seem to get the formatting into the preview screen and even if I apply from the left hand list it doesn't change.

HELP Please

Judy
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0#Jay Chivo2013-11-07 09:09
Quoting Judy Trainer:
I have just installed Kutools for Excel in the hope that it would change the Americanised dates to Australian format however I must have done something wrong as I can't seem to get the formatting into the preview screen and even if I apply from the left hand list it doesn't change.

HELP Please

Judy



Please try to type in these dates in the Column A, and then try to use this utility to convert their formatting.

11/07/2013
11/02/2013
08/09/2013

If you can convert above dates, it means your date are not formatted in date formatting.

thanks in advance.
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0#Judy Trainer2013-11-08 03:12
Thank you for your reply but before I asked for your help I did check that my date column was formatted as dates and it still did not convert them.

Judy
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-1#Ajit2013-11-28 10:44
How to convert date format 10.02.1986 to 10/02/1986 using formula?
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+1#Praveen2014-03-15 09:12
Thanks dude, you solved a big problem in my BIG excel sheet...
thanks alot..
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+1#Preeti2014-04-11 11:13
How to Convert date format 10012014 to 10/01/2014 using formula.
Date/No-(10012014)have no any separation.
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+1#mickey2014-05-10 10:06
hello,
when I set date format. that time there have some problem some date change but some date not change..why
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0#Damaris Neyra2014-06-10 14:12
I have the exact same problem. I already tried erasing the excel keys from the windows registry, I have tried to reset excel, and lastly run an office repair but I still cannot make it work, some dates change and some don't even though all of the dates are on the exact same column with the exact same formatting. Did you ever find a way to fix it?
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+1#mickey2014-05-10 10:10
when I using date formula then some dates are change but some date are not changing.
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