Excel changes text to date format

Neomatrix

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Cells are formatted as text for each month of 2020 like this 01/2020 02/2020 03/2020 ..... until 12/2020. After selecting all 12 cells and replacing 2020 with 2021, using Ctrl+H to replace all at once, excel automatically turns into date format (01.jan)
 

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etaf

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Replace seems to change the format - happens on my 365 version of excel
format column as text

enter various dates - and all left justified as text
then i used replace
and they all reverted to right justify and real dates
 
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venkatmail

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use the concatenate formulae with ' after applying the formulae to replace them with 2021. so that it will be still text.
 

Neomatrix

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Replace seems to change the format - happens on my 365 version of excel
format column as text

enter various dates - and all left justified as text
then i used replace
and they all reverted to right justify and real dates
I can't format columns since I have numbers below, anyway, I have tried your solution and still the same problem appears
 

Neomatrix

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  3. 2016
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  2. Mobile
use the concatenate formulae with ' after applying the formulae to replace them with 2021. so that it will be still text.
Yes, without ' it can't recognize as text. Thanks
 

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