Text Dates to Excel Date-Fields internal format

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Have a column of log data that includes dates in the format:   Wednesday, Dec 08,2021 20:12:25


I'd like to preserve the date and time for pivot table work. DATEVALUE() results in #VALUE!


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@Peter_Kaufman Use Text-to-columns (Data ribbon) to split off the Day (skip), Date (MDY) and Time (General). Then you should end up with something like this.

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The steps in text-to-columns would look like this:

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best response confirmed by Peter_Kaufman (New Contributor)

@Riny_van_EekelenThanks for your quick response!


However, I can't get that to work.  I tried removing all day-names and fixed format to set date using MDY and time into General format, but Excel still errors on #VALUE! for DateValue.

@Peter_Kaufman But the key is that, once you end up with two columns (a date and a time) you no longer need use DATEVALUE. One column is already a date and the other is a time. Though, I'm not sure what you are trying to achieve.


@Riny_van_Eekelen My misunderstanding.  Thank you very much for your help! -Peter