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How to convert date from dot to slash format in Excel?

For example, you have a list of date which formatted as 12.23.2014, now, you want to convert this date format to 12/23/2014 slash format. In Excel, how could you convert date from dot to slash format quickly and easily?

Convert date from dot to slash format with formula

Automatically convert date from dot to slash format when you type the date with VBA code

Convert multiple date from dot to slash format with Kutools for Excel


Convert various non-standard date format to real date format:

If you have multiple non-standard date format, such as mm.dd.yyyy format, the normal Format Cells feature in Excel will not work well for you. With Kutools for Excel’s Convert to Date utility, you can quickly convert various non-standard dates to your locale date formats.

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In Excel, the normal date format may not help you to convert the dot date to slash date format, but, you can apply the following simple formula to solve it.

1. Please enter this formula: =SUBSTITUTE(A2,".","/") into a blank cell besides your date, see screenshot:

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2. Then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to contain this formula, and the dot date has been converted to the slash date format, see screenshot:

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If you want to auto convert the date form dot to slash format directly when you type the date, the following VBA code may help you, please do as follows:

1. Activate the worksheet that you want to use.

2. Then right click the active tab name, and choose View Code, see screenshot:

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3. In the opened Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, please copy and paste the following code into it.

VBA code: Automatically convert date from dot to slash format:

Private Sub Worksheet_Change(ByVal Target As Range)
'updateby Extendoffice 20150924
    On Error Resume Next
    Application.EnableEvents = False
    If Not (Intersect(Target, Me.Range("A1:A10")) Is Nothing) Then
        Target.Value = Replace(Target.Value, ".", "/")
    End If
    Application.EnableEvents = True
End Sub

4. Then save this code and close the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, after that, when you enter a date format as 09.23.2015 in the range A1:A10 of current sheet, after pressing the Enter key, the date will be converted as 9/23/2015 at once.

Note: In the above code, A1:A10 is the range of cells which can be take effect by applying this code, you can change the cell reference to your need.


If you have Kutools for Excel, with its Convert to Date utility, you can convert various non-standard date to the normal date formatting including the dot format.

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After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:

1. Select the cells that you want to convert to slash date formatting.

2. Click Kutools > Content > Convert to Date, see screenshot:

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3. And the dot date format have been converted to the normal slash date format immediately, see screenshot:

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Note: You can highlight all the records in the Convert to Date dialog box, and click Recover to cancel this operation to return to the original dot date format as following screenshot shown:

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Click to know more about this Convert to Date utility…

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    AC · 7 months ago
    =SUBSTITUTE(A2,".","-") - is not working, it results in 43559 (date serial number?) instead of 04-04-19
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      skyyang · 5 months ago
      Hello, AC,
      Your formula works well in my workbook, could you give your problem more detailed?
      Or you can insert a screenshot here.
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        Alex · 5 months ago
        Here's the screenshot. Changing General to Text does not help...
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          skyyang · 5 months ago
          Sorry, I didn't meet your problem, but, if your formula cell is a 5-digit number, you should try to format it as number.
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            Alex · 5 months ago
            That's beet tried as well - makes no difference - keeps displaying date serial number, as on the screenshot above
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    AC · 7 months ago
    =SUBSTITUTE(A2,".","-") - is not working, it results in 43559 (date serial number?) instead of 04-04-19
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    raghu · 2 years ago
    hi i have installed kutools when i try to change the date format from dot to slash in kutools it is showing AM and PM along with the date
    I am using office 2010 professional plus kindly help..