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How to extract date from text strings in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-08

In Excel worksheet, how could you extract the date from text strings as following screenshot shown? This article, I will talk about a useful formula to solve it.

Extract date from text strings with array formula in worksheet


Extract date from text strings with array formula in worksheet

To extract only date from a list of text strings, the following array formula can help you, please do as this:

1. Enter the below formula into a blank cell where you want to get the result, and then press Enter keys together, and only the date is extracted as following screenshot shown:

=MID(A2,MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)),LOOKUP(1,0*MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2)))) + 1 - MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)))

2. Then select the formula cell, and drag the fill handle down to the cells you want to apply this formula, and you will get the results as you need, see screenshot:

  • Notes:
  • In the above formula, A2 is the cell which contains the date you want to extract;
  • If the cell contains other numbers, this formula will not work correctly;
  • The formula cannot correctly extract date while there is more than one date in the text string.

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Hallo Alle zusammen,

vlt. kann mir jemand helfen. Ich benötige 2 Forme für folgenden text.

RYE6WR / KL 2823 / Belgrade - Amsterdam 08 Nov 2022 07:05 - 08 Nov 2022 09:40 Free Luggage Allowance: 2PC

1. benötige ich eine Formel die mir das Datum filter und wenn möglich in diesem format - dd.mm.jjjj -> in diesem Bsp. 08.11.2022
2. benötige ich eine Formel die mir die erste Uhrzeit filter -> in diesem Bsp. 07:05

Lieben Dnak für all eure Hilfe :)
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i want to extract date from invoice numbers looking like this (114/11-07-2017) i've tried the above formula but it doesn't work, suggest me a formula pls.
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Hello, Vivek
May be the below formula can help you:
=TEXT(RIGHT(A2,10),"MM-DD-YYYY")
Pleaase have a try, if you have any other problem, please comment here.
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Hi Usman,

=IFERROR(MID(A29,FIND("/",A29)-2,10),"")

please use this formula, it's very simple and easy to edit. you can edit this formula as per your query.
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=MID(A26,FIND("/",A26)-2,10)

Hey Jorge,

your query is simple and you can get the answer with this formula and also you can get the answer with Flash Fill.
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HI, how can I extract the date from this string
BRIGHT PINK - PK0040 9/1/2020 5:27:55AM 1
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Hi, Admin.
i am unable to extract date from below text.
RETURNED_INCOMPLETE -> INCOMPLETE JSV appointment confirmed 15/10/2020, PM. Without WFM sub after 5pm
upon entering the given formula values are coming. 15/10/2020, PM. Without WFM sub after 5

"RETURNED_INCOMPLETE -> INCOMPLETE JSV-Appointment confirmed on -21/10/2020 PM mhumza wanted 06 to 07 PM coz working"upon entering the given formula values are coming. 21/10/2020 PM mhumza wanted 06 to 07

"RETURNED_INCOMPLETE -> INCOMPLETE JSV-Appointment confirmed on 18/10/2020 PM mhumza wanted at 16:30 to 18:00 pm"upon entering the given formula values are coming. 18/10/2020 PM mhumza wanted at 16:30 to 18:00

RETURNED_INCOMPLETE -> INCOMPLETE JSV appointment confirmed 15/10/2020, AM. Without WFM sub is available only until 9am
upon entering the given formula values are coming. 15/10/2020, AM. Without WFM sub is available only until 9


please support and help.
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Hello!
How can I extract date from the text "Wed Jul 01 2020 04:20:05 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)" in mm/dd/YYYY format using a formula?
Can someone please help me.
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I'm aware that the formula wont work if there are other numbers in the cell, however, is there a way to only extract numbers that are in date format?
Example: People 5/ 2/12/20
Ignore the 5 and only output the 2/12/2020

Thank you
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This was working perfectly up until 01/01/2020 - Anyone know how to fix this?
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Hello, Adam,
The formula has been fixed as below:
=MID(A2,MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)),LOOKUP(1,0*MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2)))) + 1 - MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)))


Please try, hope it can help you!
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skyyang - Sorry I've moved away onto something else. This works perfectly - Thank you so much!
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I'm experiencing a problem with this formula not displaying the entire date value.
Similar to Adam Tabor, the formula was displaying the date value as expected up until 01/01/2020. Since then, the date value is missing the last digit

Example:
Cell A1 contains the string "Monthly-Returned-Ticket-Report-01-29-2020"

Cell A2 contains the following formula:
=MID(A1,MIN(IFERROR(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1,1),LEN(A1)+1)),LOOKUP(1,0/MID(A1,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A1)))) + 1 - MIN(IFERROR(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A1,1),LEN(A1)+1)))

Expected Result: Cell A2 displays the value "01-29-2020"

Actual Result: Cell A2 displays the value "01-29-202"

Hoping someone has an idea about what needs to be tweaked to deal with this new behavior since the new year?
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Hello, Neil,
The formula in this article has been updated, please apply the below formula:
=MID(A2,MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)),LOOKUP(1,0*MID(A2,ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2))),1),ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&LEN(A2)))) + 1 - MIN(IFERROR(MIN(FIND({0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9},A2&"0123456789",1)),LEN(A2)+1)))


Please try, hope it can help you!
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This updated formula worked for my use case when I changed my source cell to A2. Thanks for the update Skkyang! :)
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Hello, I tried it with a string and it doesn't work
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skyyang - Sorry I've moved away onto something else. This works perfectly - Thank you so much!
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Hi, Help me please! How about if my text is "Date and time of submission:23-Jun-2017 12:34:58 AM PDT. What kind of formula can i use ?
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