DATEVALUE to force Excel entries into the Date format

DATEVALUE to force Excel entries into the Date format

May 29, 2020

Don't miss that you can use the DATEVALUE function in Excel to correctly format dates entered in a column, if selecting the cells and right clicking and selecting Format Cells and picking the date format on the Number tab doesn't do the trick.


In this example, a formula has been entered in column D to create a date based in numbers listed in the columns to the left.   Even though column D is formatted for dates in the MM/DD/YYYY format, and the value of the formula has been pasted into the cells.  The date can be correctly formatted by clicking into a cell, but we don't want to have to do this for the entire range. 




Using DATEVALUE in a column to the right (just referencing the cells with the dates) will transform the dates to the correct format - or at least those dates that have not already been converted. 




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