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How to swap or reverse day and month of date in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-05-28

Supposing you need to reverse the day and month in a range of date as below screenshot shown, how to achieve it? This article will show you two methods to solve this problem.

Swap or reverse day and month of date with custom format
Quickly swap or reverse day and month of date with Kutools for Excel


Swap or reverse day and month of date with customizing date formatting

You can customize the date formatting to swap or reverse day and month of date in Excel. Please do as follows.

1. Select the date cells you will swap the days and months, and then press the Ctrl + 1 keys to open the Format Cells dialog box.

2. In the Format Cells dialog box, please click Custom in the Category box under Number tab. If the original date formatting is m/d/yyyy, please enter d/m/yyyy into the Type box, and if the original date formatting is d/m/yyyy, please enter m/d/yyyy into the Type box, and finally click the OK button. See screenshot:

Now the day and month are swapped in selected date cells.


Quickly swap or reverse day and month of date with Kutools for Excel

This section will recommend you the Apply Date Formatting utility of Kutools for Excel. With this utility, you can easily swap day and month of date with only several clicks.

Before applying Kutools for Excel, please download and install it firstly.

1. Select the date range you need to swap the day and month, then click Kutools > Format > Apply Date Formatting. See screenshot:

2. In the Apply Date Formatting dialog box, please specify such as 14/3/2001 or other matched date format in the Date formatting box, and then click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then you can see all days and months of selected dates are swapped immediately as below screenshot shown.

  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


Quickly swap or reverse day and month of date with Kutools for Excel


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This is magical how this works
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Very helpful Mohammed. Thank you!
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Save the file as CSV as it preserves the date as it appears. Open a blank Excel spreadsheet, open the Data tab and click on From Text/CSV (In the Get & Transform Data section). Select the CSV file and click Import. Click on Transform Data (bottom right). Select the column with the incorrect date (i.e. Column8) and click the Split Column button, by Delimiter. It should automatically pick the correct delimiter (in my case the forward slash) but if not you can use the custom option and type it in. Click OK.
The column is now split into three, select the middle column (i.e. Column8.2) and move it in front of the first column (i.e. Column8.1).
Make sure all 3 columns are selected, then click the Transform menu up the top, and in the Text Column section, select Merge Columns. In the Separator box, select Custom and type back in the forward slash (or whatever was separating the dates before), and click OK.
Click the File menu, and select Close & Load.
From there you can copy and paste the dates back into the original file, now the correct way around.
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Very good!
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Is there a way to swap the data and month VALUE? Not just the formatting. When I paste date values from a text file or PDF, Excel auto-interprets the values incorrectly. I.e. 02-03-2019 is imported as 03rd Feb instead of 02nd Mar. Simply changing the formatting does not fix this problem.
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First Select all the dates, and replace all "/" with ".". Then use below formula:=+REPLACE(A2,1,5,TRIM(MID(LEFT(A2,5),SEARCH(".",LEFT(A2,5))+1,250))&"."&LEFT(LEFT(A2,5),SEARCH(".",LEFT(A2,5))-1))
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So helpful. Thank you my friend it's worked
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