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Excel Formula: Convert Number to Date

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-11-26

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Sometimes, while you import date data from other devices, it may be changed to a series number. How can you convert the numbers to Excel dates?

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

Case 1 convert 5-digit number to date displayed

 

Generic formula:

TEXT(number,"mm/dd/yyyy")

Syntaxt and Arguments

Number: the series number that you want to convert to Excel date.

Return Value

This formula returns a value in Excel date format.

How this formula work

To convert the numbers in the list B3:B6 to dates, please use below formula:

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

Press Enter key and drag fill handle down to cell C6.
doc convert date to julia 1

Explanation

In Excel, the date is stored as number. Generally, Excel counts days from Jan 1, 1990, which means, the first date, Jan 1, 1990, is stored as 1 in Excel. In other words, number 43545 is 43545 days far from Jan 1, 1990, which is the date Mar 21, 2019.

TEXT function: convert number to a specific text format.

Remark

You can change the text format to other date formats as you need in the formula.

For example:

TEXT(number,"mm-dd-yyyy")

Case 2 convert number (yyyymmdd) to date

 

Generic formula:

=DATE(LEFT(number,4),MID(number,5,2),RIGHT(number,2))

Syntaxt and Arguments

Number: the series number that you want to convert to Excel date.

Return Value

This formula returns a number value, then you can convert the number to a date format as you need.

How this formula work

To convert the numbers in the list E3:E6 to dates, please use below formula:

=DATE(LEFT(E3,4),MID(E3,5,2),RIGHT(E3,2))

Press Enter key and drag fill handle down to cell C6.
doc convert date to julia 1

Then click Home > drop-down list of Number Format to choose Short Date or Long Date as you need.
doc convert date to julia 1

Explanation

LEFT function: extracts string from left of the text string.

MID function: returns the specific characters from the middle of text string.

RIGHT function: extracts the text from right of the text string.

DATE function: creates a date based on the given year, month, and day


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Hi, Ruhadi, for converting month name to number, this tutorial list methods can help you. How To Convert Month Name To Number In Excel?
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Thanks a lot for this helpful article! I've been trying to figure out where the date number 44438 originates from and now I know.Though I noticed there is a mistake in the description: "Excel counts days from Jan 1, 1990, which means, the first date, Jan 1, 1990, is stored as 1 in Excel". I believe Excel starts counting from Jan 1, 1900 because otherwise I wouldn't get the right date.Thanks again
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