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Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

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    Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Something got switched somewhere in my worksheet.

    All of my "recertify by" dates are displayed as a number, but when I select it, it has the correct date in it.

    I looked in the options menu, but I must be overlooking the switch to change the display back.
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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Highlight the column then select 'format cells'>'date'?

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    You mean you are seeing 5 digit numbers instead?

    If so, then it is simply a formatting issue... format those cells (Format|Cells) as Date (from the Number tab).
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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    I'm guessing it's not that obvious actually, as when selected it's showing the date, which I don't think it would do if it was formatted as a number...

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    LOL...this is wierd, the cells are already formatted with mm/dd/yy, but they are displaying a number. Every date in the whole workbook is like this. Click on the cell to change it and the date is displayed correctly, click on a different cell and it displays as a number.

    I just check a different workbook and dates are fine over there, I've switched something in just this workbook.

    I just attached the workbook to see if anyone can spot the problem.
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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    In Tools|Options, go to View tab and uncheck the Formulas checkbox.

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    It's not even the workbook, but that specific worksheet, as when I copy and paste into a new sheet within the workbook the date values appear correctly.

    I've never seen this before, I'm out.

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Try my last suggestion.. that seems to fix it.. you had it marked to show formulas instead of results....

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Quote Originally Posted by NBVC View Post
    In Tools|Options, go to View tab and uncheck the Formulas checkbox.
    @NBVC,

    Yup!...that did the trick! Thank you, I was pulling my hair out, I was updating that sheet while certifying and recalibrating tools here at work and somehow I managed to screw that up...

    I have an annual Full Two Day Audit of my shop starting on Monday...I didn't need that lil hiccup. whew!

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Go to Files->Options->Advance->Under "Display options for this worksheet" section-> Uncheck "show formulae in the sheet instead of calculated result"


    This will resolve your problem.

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    Thumbs up Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Thanks Chetan.

    Two years later and your suggestion saved a life.

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    Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    ^^^Sweet, saved me an hour of headache again today, to boot. thanks!

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    Thumbs up Re: Dates showing as number instead of mm/dd/yy

    Excellent tip.
    There seems to be keyboard shortcut other than Ctr ~ that triggers a permanent switch for cells to change from results to formula view. I have done this accidentally a few times with my loose fingers on the keyboard. Not sure what the sequence is though.
    Anyway. your tip has worked for me to rectify the issue.
    cheers

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