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    Unhappy convert date column to general value

    I am trying to upload excel data to a databse which only accepts general values. Some one tried to help me with formulas as per attached word document but it is not working. I get #value as result. (cell colored red)

    need to Import this Excel sheet into an AMS Database system - All Cells NEED "general" value even if its numbers.

    Tried doing manually but main sheet has 3500 entries...:-(

    I am sure there has to be easier way to do this.

    Your help is higly appreciated

    Thanks much

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    Try

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    and copy down


    Or better way, copy an emty cell, then select entire column with dates then right click > paste special > add > ok
    Then apply dd mm yy format to these values
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    Re: convert date column to general value

    Tried =datevalue(D2)
    but it gives me value as 1

    Is it possible to do it in one cell and show as not clear.

    Thanks for prompt response.

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    What is the default date format of your locale - dd/mm or mm/dd ?

    There are inconsistencies in the dates - some are listed as mm/dd/yyyy and others as dd/mm/yyyy (this precludes use of Text to Columns conversion unfortunately)

    Assuming default date format of dd/mm/yyyy then perhaps:

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    However... there are still some invalid entries to account for (00/00/0000, 00/00/001 etc...) - should these be 0 or something else ?

    On an aside 1 is the correct DateSerial for Jan 1 1900 on a 1900 Date System.

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    copied the formule but no results are displayed.
    Is it possible to do on one cell in spread sheet ad show ?

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    please post your version with suggested formulae in place.

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    want it to read once exported - 12/10/2009 - not the 27431..and so on

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    Re: convert date column to general value

    Basically I am trying to write dat in same format mm/dd/yyyy but as text.

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