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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:



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:


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


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


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

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  • Convert date to year month
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=text(B3,"mmm") 을 치면 Sep 이 나와야 하는데, 9가 나오는 경우는 어떤 경우인건가요?
=text(B4,"mmmm")을 치면 September가 나와야 하는데 9월 이라고 나옵니다.

뭐가 잘못된 건지...
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Hi, formulas provided in the tutorial is working at English version, for Korean version, please try formula:
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I tried already to do the formula. But the result was the same.
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Hi, please notice there is not a comma , in the formula, is semicolon ; in the formula.
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Right. I used a comma. If semicolon is used, the error occurs.
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I am confused, which formula you use will occur errors, what error shown? #N/A or #NAME? or #VALUE!
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