How to easily enter dates without slashes in Excel?
Generally, when we enter standard dates, we need to enter slashes to separate them, such as MM/DD/YYYY. But in some times, you may want to directly enter dates as sequence numbers, for instances, 01022016, and then the dates can be converted to standard dates formatting as 1/2/2016 as below screenshot shown. Here in this article, I introduce the tricks on easily entering standard dates without slashes in Excel.
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In Excel, you can apply the Text to Columns feature to quickly convert 8-digits sequence numbers to standard dates.
1. Select the 8 digits numbers and click Data > Text to Columns. See screenshot:
2. In the step 1 of Convert Text to Columns Wizard, check Fixed width option, see screenshots:
3. Click Next > Next to go to the step 3 of the Wizard, and check Date option in Column data format section, and select MDY from next drop down list, and specify a cell as destination. See screenshot:
4. Click Finish. Now the sequence numbers have been converted to standard dates.
Tip: For correctly converting to dates, you can convert the numbers to text at first.
Also, you can apply the Format Cells feature to convert the sequence number to standard date format.
1. Select the numbers to right click, and select Format Cells from context menu. See screenshot:
2. Then in the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, click Custom from the Category pane, and then go to Type textbox to enter ##"/"##"/"#### in the right section. See screenshot:
3. Click OK. And the selected numbers have been converted to standard dates.
IMoreover, you can apply formulas to convert numbers to date format.
Select a blank cell next to the numbers you want to use, enter this formula =DATE(RIGHT(A9,4),LEFT(A9,IF(LEN(A9) = 8,2,1)),LEFT(RIGHT(A9,6),2)), A9 is the number you want to convert, drag the autofill handle over the cells you want to apply this formula, see screenshot:
If you have Kutools for Excel, you can apply its Convert to Date utility to quickly convert multiple non-standard dates to standard dates.
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After free installing Kutools for Excel, please do as below:
Select the numbers you want to convert to dates, and click Kutools > Content > Convert to Date. See screenshot: