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.

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