Excel Formula: Convert Date to Text

doc convert date to julia 1

This tutorial provides the TEXT function to convert a date to text.

If you want to follow along with this tutorial, please download the example spreadsheet.
doc convert date to julia 1

Generic formula:

TEXT(date,format)

Arguments

Date: the date you want to convert to text.
Format: the format you want the date displayed as.

Return Value

The TEXT function returns to a text value.

How this formula work

To convert the date in cell B3 to a text value, please use below formula:

=TEXT(B3,"mm/dd/yyyy")

Press Enter key to get the result.
doc convert date to julia 1

Explanation

TEXT function: convert a number to a text in a specific format.

Note

Format Code Formula Result
yyyy =TEXT(B3,"yyyy") 2020
yy =TEXT(B3,"yy") 20
mmmmm =TEXT(B3,"mmmmm") S
mmmm =TEXT(B3,"mmmm") September
mmm =TEXT(B3,"mmm") Sep
mm =TEXT(B3,"mm") 09
m =TEXT(B3,"m") 9
dddd =TEXT(B3,"dddd") Saturday
ddd =TEXT(B3,"ddd") Sat
dd =TEXT(B3,"dd") 12
d =TEXT(B3,"d") 12
mm/dd/yyyy =TEXT(B3,"mm/dd/yyyy") 09/12/2020
m/d/y =TEXT(B3,"m/d/y") 9/12/20
ddd,mmm y =TEXT(B3,"ddd,mmm y") Sat,Sep 20

Relative Formulas

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    Sometimes, you need to convert the standard date to the Julian date in Excel, here this article introduces a formula which combines the TEXT, YEAR and DATE functions to solve this job.
  • Convert date string to datetime
    Sometimes, while you import or paste some datetime data from other devices to Excel, the datetimes maybe not be recognized as proper dates...
  • Convert date to year month
    In some cases, you want to convert the date to only month, year, day or monthyear, daymonth, or year day in text format.
  • Calculate Hours Minutes Seconds Between Two Times
    Here in this tutorial, it introduces some formulas to quickly present the time difference result as single time unit.

Relative Functions


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