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Is there a way in Excel (2007 and up) to set the date format of a column to the date format of the OS locales. The data entered in this column is a date (imported from a database date field).

For example I enter 2003-01-02 00:00:00 (Jan 2nd 2003) I want to see 01/02/2003 00:00:00 in the USA and 02.01.2003 00:00:00 in Germany when I open my spreadsheet (without updating the column date format).

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If set up correctly, these can change with the regional settings of Windows. Here is an article from Excel Semi-Pro which explains it well. Regional Date Formats in Excel

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