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converting a list of dates to serial numbers so my vlookup will work

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    converting a list of dates to serial numbers so my vlookup will work

    I have a list of 1000+ dates such as 11/15/2009.

    My vlookup doesn't work unless it's formatted in serial format.

    I can go cell by cell, clicking in each and hitting ctrl + ~ to make it work, but that will take forever.

    Is there a shortcut that I can just highlight all the cells and accomplish the same thing?

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    Re: converting a list of dates to serial numbers so my vlookup will work

    Select the column, Data > Text to columns, Finish
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    Re: converting a list of dates to serial numbers so my vlookup will work

    VLOOKUP does work with date format.

    Try it like this:

    =VLOOKUP(--"3/12/2010",table array,column index num,FALSE)

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