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How to quickly convert date format between European and US in Excel?

If you work in an international company, you will receive sheets from different counties every day which may record dates with different date formats. For example, the European counties record dates in the date format dd/mm/yyyy, while US record dates in the date format mm/dd/yyyy. In this case, how can you quickly convert the date format between European countries and US in Excel?

Convert texted date from European to US with formula

Convert date format between European and US with Format Cells

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arrow blue right bubble Convert texted date from European to US with formula


If the dates in the sheet you have received are formatted as texts, you can apply a formula to convert the dates from European to US.

Select a blank cell that you want to put the converted result at, enter this formula =DATE(VALUE(RIGHT(C2,4)), VALUE(MID(C2,4,2)), VALUE(LEFT(C2,2))), drag fill handle down to apply this formula to the cells. Then the dates of European countries have been converted to the date format of US. See screenshot:
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In the formula, C2 is the date you want to convert from European texted date to US date.


arrow blue right bubble Convert date format between European and US with Format Cells

If the dates you received are formatted as European or US dates, you can apply Format Cells function to quickly handle the conversion between European and US countries.

1. Select the dates you want to convert, and right click to select Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:
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2. Then in the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, and click Date form the Category list, and choose English(United States) from the Locale (location) drop down list, and go to the Type list to choose one date forma as you need.
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3. Click OK. Now the European dates have been converted to US dates.
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Note: If you want to convert date format of US to European’s, you can choose English (United Kingdom) from the Locale (location) drop down list, and select one type of date from the above list in Format Cells dialog. See screenshot:
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    Excel Wizard · 10 months ago
    Another way to do this: Separate the european date, day/month/year, (say its in A1) into three new columns for the day, month, and year using "Text to File" and using the / symbol as your delimiting character. You'll be left with the day in column (b1), the month in the next column (c1), and the year in the last (d1). Finally in a fifth column (e1), combine the three numbers using =concatenate(c1,"/",b1,"/",d1).
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    Bob · 1 years ago
    Formula also does not work when the incoming European dates suppress the leading zero on the month and day portion (3/2/2017 instead of 03/02/2017 as the date of February 3, 2017).
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    Richard · 1 years ago
    This formula: =DATE(VALUE(RIGHT(C2,4)), VALUE(MID(C2,4,2)), VALUE(LEFT(C2,2))) does not work if the dates are from the 19th century (1824 etc.) - it converts them to numbers in the 3000s. I'm no Excel wiz, but I do see that tinkering around with that 4 in the first RIGHT part of the equation produces various other dates, but never the correct 19th-century one. How do you get it to just keep the date originally entered?
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      Sunny · 1 years ago
      Sorry, above formulas do not work for the dates befor 1900.
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    FDRG · 1 years ago
    LOL
    THIS IS FRUE:
    =DATUM(HODNOTA(ZPRAVA(C7,4)), (ČÁST(C7,4,2)), (ZLEVA(C7,2)))