I have a spreadsheet in Excel where there are several entries in a date column input formatted as aa.bb.yy.

How can I change these to dd/mm/yyyy?

I haven't had any success so far with using Excel's regular date formatting functions as the aa.bb.yy input isn't being recognised as a date.

  • You need to create a custom date format. – Tyson Aug 28 '18 at 10:45
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    You should probably specify what you mean by aa.bb.yy format? dd.mm.yy? mm.dd.yy? – Marie Aug 28 '18 at 15:31

If the format order is identical to your native date format, then you could use the standard text replace function (Ctrl+H), replace the . by - and Excel will re-parse them automatically.

Before replace:

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If it is not, then you can use DATEVALUE and other functions to extract the date components separately and combine them in the proper format.

Example: if xx.xx.yy is actually mm.dd.yy, then you can do:


This uses the YYYY-MM-DD format, which is platform- and region-independent. You'll get the raw (int) value though, so you'll need to choose the cell format manually, but after that it'll work.

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