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    Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    The issue I'm having is converting imported text in the format "Jul-21" to a date format excel recognizes as the 1st date of the month from the given text. For example, "Jul-21" should be "July 1, 2021".

    When I try using the methods I've read online I get "July 21, 2019" or I can get it to text, but can't figure out how to convert it to a date.

    I'm sure there is a simple method, but I can't figure it out. A worksheet with my attempt using "texttocolumns" and "datevalue" is attached.
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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    You can use this formula (say in B4):

    =IF(A4="","",DATE(IF(--RIGHT(A4,2)>30,"19","20")&RIGHT(A4,2),MATCH(LEFT(A4,3),{"Jan";"Feb";"Mar";"Apr";"May";"Jun";"Jul";"Aug";"Sep";"Oct";"Nov";"Dec"},0),1))

    Format the cell as a date in the style you prefer, then copy down.

    Note that this treats years up to 30 as being in this century, and years 31 to 99 as belonging to the 1900's.

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete_UK View Post
    You can use this formula (say in B4):

    =IF(A4="","",DATE(IF(--RIGHT(A4,2)>30,"19","20")&RIGHT(A4,2),MATCH(LEFT(A4,3),{"Jan";"Feb";"Mar";"Apr";"May";"Jun";"Jul";"Aug";"Sep";"Oct";"Nov";"Dec"},0),1))

    Format the cell as a date in the style you prefer, then copy down.

    Note that this treats years up to 30 as being in this century, and years 31 to 99 as belonging to the 1900's.

    Hope this helps.

    Pete
    Yes, that does it! Looks like what you did was look at the right 2 digits and either make them 19 or 20 to start, then add the 2 digits already there (ex if it has 21 now you put 2021. Then you looked at the left 3 values and used them to find a value from an array with the 12 months and put 1 for the day of the month. I had no idea this would be so complicated, but I'm glad it works. Makes things much easier than retyping all those values!

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    Another way:

    =IF(A4="","",--REPLACE(A4,4,1,"1, 20"))

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    Does this work?

    =--(1&A4)

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    Quote Originally Posted by Bo_Ry View Post
    Does this work?

    =--(1&A4)
    Yes! Can you explain the "--" in front of these formulas? I've never seen that before

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    Re: Convert Text date with 3 character month name and 2 digit year to excel date

    -- is close to value() or datevalue() change text to value, but a bit more that can change =--True to 1 and =--False to 0

    =value(1&A4) or =datevalue(1&A4) should work the same
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