excel switching yyyy-mm-dd positions

lezawang

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Hi
My computer time is formatted as dd/mm/yyyy
if I enter a date like 19/04/2021 excel will move it to the right hand side. which is good
if I enter a date like 04/19/2021 excel will keep that to the left hand side (not date) which is good too and correct

When I enter 2021/04/19 excel will change the order and make it 19/04/2021 and move it to the right. Why is that? I thought it should not accept it as a date since my computer format dd/mm/yyyy
There is no day 2021?

Thank you very much.
 

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diddi

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excel interprets this as a date and formats according to your regional setting. the second example (4/19) is not a date so it is not reformatted
 

lezawang

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Thanks for your reply. Why excel interprets the 3rd case as a date but not the second date. Both are not following the same format of the computer? Thanks again.
 

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