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    concantnate text and date

    I need to concatenate a text message "Start Date: " and a reference field that has the date in mm/dd/yyyy format. How do I get Excel to recognize the reference to the date as a date and not just a number "53422"?

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    Re: concantnate text and date

    use text()
    "start date: "&text(a1,"mm/dd/yyyy")
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    Re: concantnate text and date

    Try ="start Date:"&text(A1,"mm/dd/yyyy")

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    Re: concantnate text and date

    Thank you very much for your solution. As a follow-up, how do I format the "Start Date: " as Bold and the date itself as normal.

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    Re: concantnate text and date

    you cant with a function

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    Re: concantnate text and date

    You could use a custom date format. Select the cells that the "concatenated date" will appear and format the cells as: "Start Date: " When you enter a reference to a date the date will be preceded by Start Date:

    This is done by: right clicking the selected cells, choose Format Cells, click on Date, Custom and enter "Start Date: " in the field.

    Now you can either enter the date directly or enter the cell reference to the cell with a date and the result will be Start Date: <your date>

    This has an advantage that the dates are still dates and not text that looks like a date.
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