Excel - Why can't I convert Long date format to Short date

Asked By Jason on 22-Jan-10 05:12 PM
Hi,

I recently received a report filled with dates in Long Date format (Friday,
January 22, 2010).  I would like to convert these dates into Short date
format but Excel will not let me.  I do not know if this is a bug within
Excel.  I have tried both Excel 2003 and 2007 with the same problem.

My regional settings is set to English (United States).  I am not sure what
I am doing wrong?  It does not seem that Excel allows the use of the long date
field even though you can take a short date and convert it to long date but
not the other way around.

Can someone please tell me if this is a limitation within Excel?




Mike H replied to Jason on 22-Jan-10 05:24 PM
Jason,

Are you sure it is a properly formatted date? It may be text. Try adding 1 to
it and see if it increases by 1 day
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Mike

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