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Use month as text in DATE() function

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    Use month as text in DATE() function

    Hiya,

    I'm using the =Date(D4,C4,C2) to generate a date from three cells. However, cell C4 reads as the moth in text as opposed to a number (e.g. April). any idea how I can overcome this problem without having to have a hidden cell with a long if/lookup formula?

    Thanks

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    what's in the three cells?

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    Try

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    Actually a better version would be
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    Hiya, thanks for replies. MartinShort, that'll do fine. Was wondering basically if there was a function that turned a text month into the corresponding number. but nevermind.

    Martin Wilson, e.g.:
    D4 = 2008
    C4 = April
    B4 = 18
    To provide 19/04/2008 as a date in A1.

    Thanks again

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    or shorter still
    =TEXT((B4&"/"&C4&"/"&D4),"dd/mm/yy")
    or to get as a real date which can be used for calculation
    =VALUE(TEXT((B4&"/"&C4&"/"&D4),"dd/mm/yy"))
    Last edited by martindwilson; 09-16-2008 at 07:29 PM.

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    Or =(B4 & C4 & D4) + 0

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    ah shg thats better!

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    Now you're all showing off!

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