Date formats – don’t waste valuable information!

Don’t enter dates with full stops (eg 10.11.13) because Excel doesn’t store them as dates, meaning a lot of useful information is unavailable.
Instead, use a slash (eg 10/11/13) or hyphen (10-11-13) when you enter dates.
Excel then stores them properly, and can manipulate them, eg: matching of dates, difference between dates, conditional formatting, selection of ranges.
However, if you do have full stops, all is not lost.
Make sure all new dates use slashes or hyphens when you add them.
Existing values can be converted to valid dates, meaning the power will be unleashed!

About spreadsheetexpertblog

Working as a computer professional since 1983, on projects varying in size from one person to multi-million pounds. Working on Excel projects since the mid 1990s.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s