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Excel Tip - How to fix incorrect Date formats in a jiffy!

We often receive data where the Date Format is incorrect and subsequently does not load as a genuine date. (Remember, a Date is numeric, so should align to the right) Trying to force it to be Date using the Short Date Format does not work and using Text Formula can be complex and time consuming. The Solution? Use Text-to-Columns! Highlight the cells (column) you want to convert Select Text-To-Columns from the Data Ribbon Next, Next to get to the 3rd step of the Wizard Select Date under the Column Data Format From the drop down select the Day, Month and Year order of the original data. And Finish! 😊

Excel Tip - Prevent Large Numbers from converting to Scientific Notation.

It’s always a good idea to store ID Numbers as Text, especially as some can start with a leading zero. The problem though, is that if you convert cells with large numbers to Text it displays it in Scientific Notation. E.g. 8605065397083 display as 8.60507E+12! This can be one of the most frustrating things in Excel. The Solution? Use Text-to-Columns instead. Highlight the cells (column) you want to convert Select Text-To-Columns from the Data Ribbon Next, Next to get to the 3rd step of the Wizard Select Text under the Column Data Format And Finish! 😊

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