Entering Dates in Excel

Stop the full stop

There are only two characters Excel recognises when separating numeric days, months and years in dates. They are the / and – characters.

Please don’t use the full stop as Excel won’t recognise it as a date.

Below you can see examples of using / and – in dates.


When you use the full stop Excel won’t recognise it as a date – see below.

Its left aligned and will be treated a text.

Free Excel Webinar Recording – Mastering Form Controls

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In March 2019 I demonstrated how to use some of Excel’s Form Controls.

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Webinar Materials

Learn how to build better spreadsheet interfaces using form controls like check boxes, scroll bars, option buttons and combo boxes.

Form controls can reduce the number of input errors; simplify and speed up input plus add structure to a file.

Discover the function that you need to use to get the most out of these controls.

Find out a few tips and tricks to make creating and using form controls easier.

As always there are a few more tips and tricks shared in the session.