07-23-2020 04:38 AM
07-23-2020 04:38 AM
I'm trying to set up a cell to display "on mm/dd/yy", where the date is pulled from another cell via an index and match function.
The cell formula is ="on "&INDEX(...)). However, instead of showing "on 7/22/20", the result returns the numeric equivalent of the date - for example, "on 44034". I can't figure out how to get it to display the date format within this mixed cell content. Can anyone help?
07-23-2020 04:43 AM - edited 07-23-2020 04:47 AM
Assuming your date is in cell A1, use this ="on "&TEXT(A1,"m/d/y")
Because what you're doing is creating a text entry, you need to turn the date into a text and format it. The TEXT function takes care of that, and one of the arguments is the way you want it displayed. The same sort of thing would apply if you were dealing, say, with financial numbers and wanted it to be in dollars and cents.
07-23-2020 07:10 AM
So long as your spreadsheet doesn't contain private or confidential info, you can post it here so we can work with the actual situation rather than having to reconstruct it from your description.
I think that "all you'd need to do" is nest the INDEX/MATCH function within that TEXT function, assuming that what the INDEX/MATCH is doing is getting the date in question. It's hard to be certain without seeing more directly what you're working with.
07-23-2020 09:07 AM
Thank you, Sergei.
That would be an elegant solution. However, I can't seem to apply that format to the cell and get the intended response. It still displays as 'on 44034'. (See capture image.)
Do you know if that formatting is restricted to certain versions of Excel? I'm using Excel 2016.
07-23-2020 09:13 AM
Thank you for the offer. However, there's a ton of confidential info in that file, some of which is integral to the that cell. For now, I'll just generate the Index/Match date elsewhere and refer to it in the mixed content cell, using your suggested approach.