Combine text and date into same cell in Excel

In Excel, when combining the text and date from two columns into one same cell, normally, you may apply the & character to join the two cells, but, the date will be converted to the number format. To solve this problem, you can combine the TEXT function into the formula. This article, I will talk about how to use formulas to deal with this job in Excel.


Combine two columns of text and date into same cell with & symbol

In Excel, you can use the & symbol to join the two cells, and apply the TEXT function to keep the date format, the generic syntax is:

=text&"char" &TEXT(date,"mm/dd/yyyy")
  • text: The text string or cell value that you want to combine.
  • char: A specific delimiter that separate the combined data.
  • date: The date or cell value that you want to combine.
  • mm/dd/yyyy: The date format that you want to use, you can change it to your need.

Please copy or enter the following formula into a blank cell where you want to get the result:

=A2&" " &TEXT(B2,"mm/dd/yyyy")

Then, drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and the text and date into different cells have been merged into one cell, see screenshot:


Combine two columns of text and date into same cell with CONCATENATE function

Here, you can also use the CONCATENATE function to achieve this task quickly and easily. The generic syntax is:

=CONCATENATE(text,"char",TEXT(date," yyyy-mm-dd"))
  • text: The text string or cell value that you want to combine.
  • char: A specific delimiter that separate the combined data.
  • date: The date or cell value that you want to combine.
  • yyyy-mm-dd: The date format that you want to use, you can change it to your need.

Please apply the below formula into a blank cell:

=CONCATENATE(A2," ",TEXT(B2,"yyyy-mm-dd"))

And then, drag the fill handle down to fill this formula to other cells you need, and you will get the result as below screenshot shown:

Note: Sometimes, you may need to combine the text with today’s date, in this case, you can apply the following formula:

="Today is"&" "& TEXT(TODAY(),"mm/dd/yyyy")


Relative functions used:

  • CONCATENATE:
  • The Excel CONCATENATE function is used to join two or more text items from multiple cells into one.
  • TEXT:
  • The TEXT function converts a value to text with a specified format in Excel.

More articles:

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  • Combining dates and times from two different columns into one single column as below screenshot shown, here will introduce some simple methods for dealing with task in Excel.
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  • Combine Cells With Line Break
  • In Excel, sometimes, you may want to combine cells into one cell with line break as below screenshot shown. Here, in this tutorial, it introduces two formulas to solve this task with examples.
  • Combine First Initial And Last Name
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