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! 😊