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04-12-2016 date in excel changes to April 12th 2016 when in fact it should be Dec 4th 2016

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    04-12-2016 date in excel changes to April 12th 2016 when in fact it should be Dec 4th 2016

    Excel is not recognizing the dates correctly, I have a column of dates in below format. the middle number 12 is the month and the first number are the dates.

    04-12-2016
    15-12-2016
    12-12-2016
    20-12-2016
    01-12-2016
    01-12-2016
    29-12-2016
    30-12-2016
    22-12-2016
    30-12-2016

    Excel takes the first number as the month, and the second number as the date, no matter what I do to change in the date format with the 'Format Cell' option. also I tried Text to columns but the same thing happens, How do I make sure that excel recognizes the middle number as the month and the first number as the date???

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    Re: 04-12-2016 date in excel changes to April 12th 2016 when in fact it should be Dec 4th

    If the date is already in the cell, no amount of formatting will change which value is recognized as the month.
    You'll have to either Re-Enter the correct date, or try a formula
    =DATE(YEAR(A1),DAY(A1),MONTH(A1))

    How do the values get in the cells in the first place? Maybe something can be done to correct it during that process.

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