How to change American date format in Excel?

Different country has different date format. Maybe you are a staff of a multinational corporation in America, and you may receive some spreadsheets from China or other countries, you find there are some date formats that you are not accustomed to using it. What should you do? Today, I will introduce you some ways to solve it by changing other date formats to American date formats in Excel.

Change date formats with the Format Cells feature

Change date formats with formula

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One click to convert mm.dd.yyyy format or other date format to mm/dd/yyyy with Kutools for Excel


One click to convert mm.dd.yyyy or other date format to mm/dd/yyyy format in Excel

Click Kutools > Content > Convert to Date. The Kutools for Excel's Convert to Date utility helps you easily convert mm.dd.yyyy format (such as 01.12.2015) or Thursday, September 11, 2014 or other special date format to dd/mm/yyyy format in Excel. See below screenshot:

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Change date formats with the Format Cells feature


With this Format Cells function, you can quickly change other date formats to America date format.

1. Select the range you want to change date format, then right-click and choose Format Cells from the context menu. See screenshot:

2. In the Format Cells dialog box:

  • Select the Number tab.
  • Choose Date from the category list.
  • Specify which country’s date formats you want to use from Locale (location) drop down list.
  • Select the date format from Type list. See Screenshot:

3. Click OK. It will apply the date format to the range. See screenshots:

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Change date formats with formula

You can use a formula to convert the date format according to following steps:

1. In a blank cell, input the formula =TEXT(A1, "mm/dd/yyyy"), in this case in cell B1, see screenshot:

2. Then press Enter key, and select cell B1, drag the fill handle across to the range that you want to use, and you will get a new column date formats. See screenshot:

As they are formulas, you need to copy and paste them as values.


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With the Apply Date Formatting utility, you can quickly apply many different date formats.

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1. Select the range you want to change date formats in your worksheet, then click Kutools > Format > Apply Date Formatting, see screenshot:

2. In the Apply Date Formatting dialog box, choose the proper date format you need. and then click the OK or Apply button. See screenshot:

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Now all selected dates are changed to the date format you specified.

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arrow blue right bubble One click to convert mm.dd.yyyy format or other format to mm/dd/yyyy with Kutools for Excel

For some special date format such as 01.12.2015, Thursday, September 11, 2014 or others you need to convert to mm/dd/yyyy format, you can try the Convert to Date utility of Kutools for Excel. Please do as follows.

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1. Select the range with dates you need to convert to dd/mm/yyyy date format, then click Kutools > Content > Convert to Date. See screenshot:

2. Then the selected dates are converted to mm/dd/yyyy date format immediately, in the meanwhile a Convert to Date dialog box pops up and lists all conversion status of the selected dates. Finally close the dialog box. See screenshot:

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Note: For the cells you don't need to convert, please select these cells in the dialog box with holding the Ctrl key, and then click the Recover button.

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