## Excel Formula: Convert Text to Excel Date

In this tutorial, it provides multiple formulas to convert a text string to Excel standard date.

### DATEVALUE function

Generic formula:

 DATEVALUE(text_date)

Syntaxt and Arguments

 Text_date: the text string that you want to convert to the standard Excel date.

Return Value

The formula returns a series number.

Remark

This formula only can be used to convert text dates to Excel dates, if there is time data existed, the formula will ignore the time data.

How this formula work

In cell C3 to place below formula to convert the text strings in cell B3:B5 to Excel dates.

 =DATEVALUE(B3)

Press Enter key and drag fill handle down to cell C5. All text strings have been converted to related series numbers.

Then format the series numbers to date format. Keep the series numbers selected, press Ctrl + 1 to enable the Format Cells dialog, then under Number tab, choose Date from the Category list, then select one date type from the right Type section.

Click OK, the texts have been converted to Excel datetime.

Explanation

DATEVALUE function: Convert a date stored as text to a valid date.

### VALUE function

Generic formula:

 VALUE(text_date)

Syntaxt and Arguments

 Text_date: the text string that you want to convert to the standard Excel date.

Return Value

The formula returns a series number.

How this formula work

In cell C3, place below formula to convert the text strings in cell B3:B5 to Excel dates.

 =VALUE(B3)

Press Enter key and drag fill handle down to cell C5. All text strings have been converted to related series numbers.

Then keep the results selected, then press Ctrl + 1 to display the Format Cells dialog, under Number tab, select Date from the Category list, then in the right section of Type, choose one format you need.

Click OK then the formula results have been formatted as datetime.

Explanation

VALUE function: Convert text to number.

### Mathematical Operation

You can use the mathematical operations to convert the text date to a valid date in Excel. However, remember, do not change the actual value.

Generic formula:

 Text_date+0
 Text_date*1
 Text_date/1
 --Text_date

How this formula work

Then format the results to the datetime format as you need.

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