Discover how to optimize standard date entry, using the slash (/) or dash (-) character to separate month, day, and year. Also, see how Excel appends the year to make data entry easier.
- [Instructor] Whenever you type a date entry,…you should be using a slash or a dash…as a separator between month, day, and year.…In the United States,…people typically type month slash day slash year.…You don't necessarily need to type those leading zeros.…I see people doing that all the time.…It doesn't hurt,…but if I'm typing in an early date in March of 2017,…for example March 5th,…three slash five…slash 17,…and as I press enter, note what happens.…A four-digit year appears.…
We'll get to that momentarily.…If you use a dash, you'll see the same kind of display.…Here's one for July 7th.…2017.…Even though I'm typing the dashes,…as soon as I press Enter, we see the slashes there.…Now, in different parts of the world,…there are different standards,…so you'll possibly have to adjust to that.…Some people might say,…well, but I want a two-digit year.…You can either override this within Excel…or if you want the default standard…for all your data entries to be a two-digit year,…you can do this by way of a Windows change.…
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- How Excel records and stores dates
- Using standard date/time entries and acceptable alternatives
- Formatting dates and times
- Creating standard date/time formats
- Working with dates and times in functions
- Calculating with dates and times
- Using dates/times with Excel commands
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding the Excel Date/Time System
2. Creating Date/Time Entries
3. Formatting Dates and Times
4. Working with Dates and Times in Functions
5. Calculating with Dates and Times
6. Using Dates/Times with Excel Commands
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