Translating serial numbers into date codes

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I have an excel file with a column with dates in the format dd.mm.yyyy. In some of the cells, there are more than one date or commas and semi commas. I want only to have ten digits counted from the left in the cell ( I used the left function (LEFT(A2;10)). The 10 digits dates appear in the next column and most of the dates appear in the format dd.mm.yyyy as planned but some of them appear as a serial number (For example: instead of 13.08.2007 I get 39307).

 

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Better to use =VALUE(LEFT(A2;10)) and apply date format to your target column (I assume dd.mm.yyyy is your default date format)

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Hi,

 

I suggest to use the below formula to extract each part of the date and format it in the desired format:

=TEXT(DATE(MID(A1,7,4),MID(A1,4,2),LEFT(A1,2)),"dd.mm.yyyy")

 

Hope that helps