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How to remove date format in Excel?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2019-08-28

In some cases, you may have added special date formatting for cells in Excel. Some users try to clear the dates with special formatting and reenter, but the new entered dates are still in the format. Here, this article will introduce several easy ways to remove date formatting in Excel.

Remove date format from cells by Clear Formats feature

The Clear Formats feature is the most common way to remove format from cells in Excel. Of course, it supports to remove all kinds of date formats.

Select the date cells that you will remove date formats from, and click Home > Clear > Clear Formats. See screenshot:

Now you will see all kinds of date formats are removed, and dates are converted to 5-digit numbers in bulk. See screenshot:

Note: The Clear Formats feature will remove all cell formats, including number formats (percentage, currency, time, etc.), alignment formats (indent, wrap text, merge cell, etc.), font formats (bold, font color, font size, etc.), borders, fill color, etc.

Remove date format from cells by General Number Format feature

If you need to remove date format only from cells, but remain the other cell formats such as font size, fill color, borders, etc., you can try this method.
Select the cells that you will remove date formats from, and click Home > Number Format > General. See screenshot:

Now only the date formats are removed from the selection, and other cell formats are remained.

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