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    Date format not recognized

    Hi,

    I have imported lots of data, one colum includes date formated as YYYYMMDD such as 20081205 or 20120101

    I would like to graph this column with another corresponding column but can't because the date format is not recognized. How can I solve this problem?

    Thanks

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    Re: Date format not recognized

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    Re: Date format not recognized

    Hi,

    You've told us what the formatting shows you but what's the actual value in the cell. If it's exactly as the format then you need a helper column to convert what is a string of text to a proper date number

    =DATE(LEFT(A1,4),MID(A1,5,2),RIGHT(A1,2))

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    Re: Date format not recognized

    I can't ever figure out how to change the thread to Solved. This is solved.

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    Re: Date format not recognized

    Hi,

    It is the first item in the FAQ

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