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Convert text date dd/mm/yy to mm/dd/yy

Excel formula: Convert text date dd/mm/yy to mm/dd/yy
Generic formula 

To convert dates in text format dd/mm/yy to a true date in mm/dd/yy format, you can use uses a formula based on the DATE function. In the example shown, the formula in C5 is:


Which converts the text value in B5 "29/02/16" into a proper Excel date.


The core of this formula is the DATE function, which is used to assemble a proper Excel date value. The DATE function requires valid year, month, and day values, so these are parsed out of the original text string as follows:

The year value is extracted with with the RIGHT function:


RIGHT gets the right-most 2 characters from the original value. The number 2000 added to the result to create a valid year. This number goes into DATE as the year argument.

The month value is extracted with:


MID retrieves characters 4-5. The result goes into DATE as the month argument.

The day value is extracted with:


LEFT grabs the final 2 characters of the original text value, which goes into DATE as the day argument.

The three values extracted above go into DATE like this:


Although month and day are supplied as text, the DATE function automatically converts to numbers and returns a valid date.

Note: the year value 2016 was automatically converted to a number when 2000 was added.

Dealing with extra space

If the original text value contains extra leading or trailing space characters, you can add the TRIM function to remove:

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