Join Dennis Taylor for an in-depth discussion in this video Converting unusually formatted dates into usable data (text to columns), part of Excel 2010: Working with Dates and Times.
If you download data from other sources, sometimes you have to confront the idea…that dates as you see them aren't usable in Excel.…Take a look at the Date entries in Column A. It's not even obvious that their…dates, at least at first until you look at them for a while.…The middle part of this, the portion beginning from the third character, is the actual year.…So those first three entries are from 2006 and 2004, 2009, etcetera.…The two numbers to the left would represent the day of the month and the two…numbers on the right the month of the year.…
How might we approach this?…There is a great built-in feature on the Data tab called Text to Columns.…Now one potential way of using this is to actually split this data into separate columns.…Isolate the day of the month in Column A and then how about the year in Column B…and then the month in Column C?…We could do that and it is possible to use this feature here. If we choose Fixed…width we could go down that path.…But in this wizard, this Convert Text to Columns Wizard, is a much better…
- Understanding how Excel records and stores dates and times
- Looking at standard date/time entry options and acceptable alternatives
- Using the TODAY and NOW functions
- Customizing date formats
- Exploring keyboard shortcuts
- Formatting time for hours over 24
- Calculating differences across dates and times
- Rounding calculations
- Working with holidays
- Validating with dates
- Converting formatted dates to usable data
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Excel's Date/Time System
2. Creating Date/Time Entries
3. Date/Time Formatting
4. Date/Time Functions
5. Calculating with Dates and Times
6. Using Dates and Times with Excel Commands
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