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    dates - single and multiple

    I'm doing our training schedule for 2010. Some course we have are multiple date (ie. September 12 - 13) some are singular (ie. January 9). We have a date column. For the single dates it automatically converts to date format. For the multiple date is stays as text format. this is very confusing when we sort by date as every course that has multiple dates doesn't sort properly (because it's in text format). Is there a practical way to go about doing this, so if someone were to sort by date it would would sort properly -whether it's multiple or single dates? Let me know if anyone has any ideas. I'd prefer not to have 2 columns - column 1 being (course start) and column 2 being (course end)..but not sure if this is possible.
    Thanks,S
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    Re: dates - single and multiple

    Can we see a sample of exactly how you have the dates entered in this column?
    Where there is a will there are many ways.

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    Re: dates - single and multiple

    So for one column I have
    11-Nov (date format)
    November 13 & 14 (txt format)
    12-Dec (date format)
    December 15 & 16 (txt format)

    if someone is sorting it doesn't work in choronological order becuz of the mixed format...

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    Re: dates - single and multiple

    You can use a helper column that will convert the first date in the 2-date fields to an actual date and then you can sort by that column....

    use formula:

    =IF(ISNUMBER(A1),A1,(LEFT(A1,FIND("&",A1)-1)&", 2009")+0)

    copied down

    where A1 contains first date cell (numeric or text)... it will keep the numeric ones as is but convert the text into the numeric of the smaller date....

    then sort by that column.

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    Re: dates - single and multiple

    Thank you soooooooo much

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    Re: dates - single and multiple

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