## How to convert 1-12 to month name in Excel?

For example you received a sales table in which months are displayed as numbers, and you need to convert the numbers to normal month names as below screenshot shown. Any idea? This article will introduce two solutions for you.

#### Convert 1-12 to month name with formula

Actually, we can apply the TEXT function to convert numbers (from 1 to 12) to normal month names easily in Excel. Please do as follows:

Select a blank cell next to the sales table, type the formula =TEXT(A2*29,"mmm") (Note: A2 is the first number of the Month list you will convert to month name), and then drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells.

Now you will see the numbers (from 1 to 12) are converted to normal month names.

#### Convert 1-12 to month name with Kutools for Excel

As you see, the TEXT function can return month name in another cell. But if you have Kutools for Excel installed, you can apply its Operation feature to replace the numbers (from 1 to 12) with month names directly.

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1. Select the numbers you will convert to month names in the sales table, and click Kutools > More > Operation. See screenshot:

2. In the Operation Tools dialog box, please (1) click to highlight Custom in the Operation box; (2) type the formula =TEXT(?*29,"mmm") in the Custom box; (3) check the Create formulas option; and finally (4) click the Ok button. See screenshot:

Now you will see the month names replace the selected numbers directly. See screenshot:

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I get the same issue, the only return is "00" regardless of using *28 or *29 in the formula. A column only includes numbers 1-12 so and are in text format, so I can't figure out the issue.
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Hi there,

Can you show me a screenshot of your data?
Note: Please select the cell where you entered the formula and then take a screenshot that includes both your data and the formula bar.

Amanda
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For some reason neither the TEXT formula (=TEXT(cell reference;"mmmm")) nor setting the custom cell format to mmmm is working - both simply return the value "00". Any ideas why this is happening? Simply using the MONTH formula returns the correct month number, so the problem can't be the format of the date.
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Hi there,

I think the formula in the tutorial is =TEXT(A2*29,"mmm"). And A2 in the formula is the number, say, 2, that you want to convert it to the month text, say, February.

Amanda
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is there a way to do the kutools example above without getting the extension? For example I type number 1 - 12 on a cell and it automatically changes to a month name?
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Hi there,

Sorry that you cannot do it directly.
However, once you've applied the function, you can easily apply it again by clicking on the Re-run Last Utility button:

You can click on the button to re-run last utility, or click on the drop-down arrow to select the last utilities you have applied to run it again.

Amanda
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Can you explain why is number 29 in this formula ?
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You could also use 28 instead of 29 with the same results.
30 will fail for February and 27 will fail for December, so the only options are 28 and 29
John #30837
30 should fail for February but doesn't because Excel incorrectly assumes that 1900 was a leap year.
27 actually fails for September, October, November and December
Chris #30838

Hi, the above two comments from the page should explain the reason.

Amanda
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Coba ini..

=TEXT( "1/" & A2 & "/2022 " ; "m mm mmm mmmm" )

Keterangan :
"1/" dibuat per tanggal 1
A2 cell angka bulan 1 - 12
"/2022" dibuat per tahun 2022
"m mm mmm mmmm" untuk memilih format.

Nanti hasilnya 4 04 Apr April
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Hi, are you tring to have a list of dates in format: day/month/year?
If so, you can just use a formula like this: ="1/"&A2&"/2022".

Amanda
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Gracias, me sirvio mucho tu explicación.
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Can you explain why is number 29 in this formula ?
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The text formula treats the number as a day in the year. So 1 would be 1st of January, and 365 would be 31st December. If you convert these numbers to months then 1 would be January and 365 would be December. With 2, the formula would see this as 2nd of January so would still return as January. However, with the 29, we can make this 2 58 instead, which alludes to Feb 27th. The formula will thus return this as feb. The same is applied for the numbers 1 to 12. Hope this helps
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You could also use 28 instead of 29 with the same results.

30 will fail for February and 27 will fail for December, so the only options are 28 and 29
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30 should fail for February but doesn't because Excel incorrectly assumes that 1900 was a leap year.
27 actually fails for September, October, November and December
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