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Parsing Date String

November 07, 2001 - by Bill Jelen

Dan asks:

I keep having a problem converting numbers into dates. I have the date 19960105 for example, but excel doesn't recognize it as a date without me having to put two slashes into it (i.e. 1996/01/05)... Is there any formula that I can use that will prevent me from having to put in all those slashes?

One option is using a formula. The Date() function allows you to specify a date by giving the Year, Month, Day. The following formula with parse your value and convert it to a date:


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