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How to remove all dashes/slashes/ hyphens from dates in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2019-08-28

When typing dates in Excel, it commonly displays as “8/15/2019” or “8-15-2019”. In some situations, you may need to remove these dashes, slashes, or hyphens from the dates. Are there ways to remove them easily? This article will introduce two solutions.


Remove all dashes/slashes/ hyphens from dates with TEXT function

You can apply the TEXT function to remove all dashes, slashes, or hyphens from selected dates easily in Excel. Please do as follows:

Note: This formula will return a text formatting date in another cell. If you need to change the date cell directly, please visit Format Cells method.

Select a blank cell you will place the date without dashes, slashes, or hyphens, type in below formula, and then drag the AutoFill handle to apply this formula to the range as you need.

=TEXT(B3,"mmddyyyy")

In above formula:

  • B3 is the date you will remove dashes, slashes, or hyphens from;
  • “mmddyyyy” is the date code that decides the output date style. You can change it as you need, such as “ddmmyyy”, “mm dd yyyy”, etc.

Remove all dashes/slashes/ hyphens from dates with Format Cells feature

If you need to remove the dashes, slashes, or hyphens from the original date cells directly, and remain the Date format as well, you can apply the Format Cell feature to get it done.

1. Select the date cells you will remove the dashes, slashes, or hyphens from, right click, and select Format Cells from the context menu.

2. In the Format Cells dialog, under the Number tab, click to activate Custom in the Category list box, type the date code mmddyyyy into the Type box, and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Note: mmddyyyy is the date code that decides the date style. You can change it as you need, such as ddmmyyy, mm dd yyyy, etc.

Now you will see all dashes, slashes, or hyphens are removed from selected date cells at once.


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明確清晰又實用!
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Hello, Thank you for the tutorial. While the formulas remove the appearance of slashes, when I click the cells, the original date with the slashes are still there. Is there to format this fix it? Could it be an program setting? Thank you
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Hi there,

The formulas use the original date to work, so the original ones will not change (keep the slashes).
If you want to change the origianl dates, you can use the second method in the tutorial: Remove all dashes/slashes/ hyphens from dates with Format Cells feature

Amanda
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ถ้าเราต้องการเปลี่ยน YYYY ให้เป็น พ.ศ. แบบเลขอาราบิค ต้องใช้แบบไหนคะ
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Hi there,

Sorry I don't quite understand you. Could you please comment in English? And it would be even better if you attach a screenshot of what results do you want (with English explanation of course) :)

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