Ever needed to convert the text Sep or September into a 9? Well Excel can convert text months into their respective numbers.

If you enter 1Sep in a cell Excel will convert that into the date 1/9/13 (Excel uses the current year). You can use that functionality to convert the text of a month into the month number.

Assume A1 contains the word September. The following formula will convert that into the number 9.

=MONTH(1&LEFT(A1,3))

Using the & symbol joins the 1 to the first three characters of the cell or 1Sep. Excel recognises that as a date format and treats it like a date for the MONTH function to then extract the month number.

We could shorten this formula to

=MONTH(1&A1)

Because if you type 1September it also returns a date.

**Note:** in Australia we put the day before the month in our dates.

Bracket in formula is in the wrong spot, worked a treat once corrected though π

Thanks for spotting that – fixed.

when number should come its gettin converted into date. i need 2.86 , its showing feb-86.Please help!

It may be you wrote 20/7 which is either 20th July or 2.8571 or 2.86 in currency terms.

If you write 20/7/14 it should work

That’s unusual as the decimal point is not a date delimiter. I haven’t been able to replicate it, so I can’t offer a solution – sorry.

If you want to know more about “Converting Month Name To A Number In Excel”, check this link ……..

http://www.exceltip.com/tips/converting-month-name-to-a-number-in-excel-2010-2013.html

I want the month name to covert to a two digit Month Number, can this be done via a single formular, excel does not include the leading zero.

Month Name Month Number

January 01

February 02

March 03

April 04

May 05

June 06

July 07

August 08

September 09

October 10

November 11

December 12

Hi Sandeep

Assuming A1 has the month

=TEXT(MONTH(1&LEFT(A1,3)),”00″)

should work. It will return text.

Regards

Neale

Hi,

Assuming A1 has the month

=MONTH(A1&1)

It returns a number.

Also, it works for any month text (at least three characters) e.g. Jan, feb, March, …

Thanks – yes Excel is very flexible.

Your formula converts “Mar” into “J”…

Not sure why – unless you have another format on the cell – try removing all formats and see what it gives you.

I don’t understand, you all use &1 or 1&, but excel 2010 won’t take it.

Unless there is something I’m missing.

What exactly is the & role in this?

The & symbol joins text together – the formula creates a text string that Excel can treat as a date.

You can use & in all versions of Excel but you must use it in a formula with the = or + in front eg =1&”Jan” not 1&”Jan”

First – thanks for the post. Had to modify this slightly in PowerBI as it wouldn’t take 1Jan for some reason…it wanted 1-Jan. Simple adjustment to =Month(1&”-“&Left(Sheet[ColumnName],3)) made it work.

Good to see it can work with Power BI as well. Thanks for letting me know.

Thanks Neal… this is great. Is there a way to only convert the written month, but keep other parts of the date? For example, I have a client that sends me dates in excel written as “Nov 21, 2014” in a single cell. The system we use requires that the format read “11/21/2014”. Thanks!

Hi Dana

To convert that layout in A1 into a date you would use a formula like

=DATE(RIGHT(A1,4),MONTH(1&LEFT(A1,3)),MID(A1,5,SEARCH(“,”,A1)-5))

Hope that helps.

Regards

Neale

Is there a formula wherein I can change the month name to the month number, but there is a date that is with the month number.

Ex.

June (once I change June to July it would only affect the 06 but not the other parts of the date)

06/22/16

Hi Yana

If A1 contains June then this formula should work for year = 2016 and day = 22

=DATE(2016,MONTH(1&A1),22)

Hope that helps.

Regards

Neale

Thank you very much. π

Thank you very much. π

Thank you very much. π

Hello, I have a date that I need to convert. The data is being pulled in from a TXT Export which I then open with Excel using the Delimited Import function. The date appears as Jun 17 13, I have been trying to automatically convert it to 2013-06-17 without any luck. When I change the cell formatting to Date nothing happens. It will convert if I manually add a comma after the day (17). I have a long list of dates that need to be converted, I want to avoid having to add the comma manually to each line item. Is there a formula or something you can suggest to automatically convert the date from Jun 17 2013 to 2013-06-17?

Hi Jackie

If the date is in cell A1 the following formula should work

=DATE((RIGHT(A1,2)+2000),MONTH(1&LEFT(A1,3)),MID(A1,5,2)*1)

This assumes recent dates eg after 2000. If it is birth dates if may be a little harder.

Hope that helps.

Neale

Thank you very much for the amazing formula.

This formula converts a date like Jun 17 13 to 2013/06/17:

=DATE((RIGHT(A1,2)+2000),MONTH(1&LEFT(A1,3)),MID(A1,5,2)*1)

Thank you again.

Hi,

I have a query. I want to convert a text into last working day of the month. For example – “Oct” should be converted into 20171031 and another example “Nov” should be converted into 20171130. As I received the data in Text format only with three alphabets of the month. Please help me out.

Hi

Use the EOMONTH function around the function in the article. Something like

=EOMONTH(DATE(2017,MONTH(A1&1),1),0)

This has the year hardkeyed in.

I have an imported file with date/time strings as text – Sep 19 2017 10:08AM and I am wanting to convert these to actual date values and time values so I can perform analysis. I have tried text to columns, datevalue, timevalue, and a few other things I found while searching for a solution. In a perfect world, I would like the Date to be 9/19/2017 and the time to be 10:08 (24 hour time).

Thank you in advance for your help

Hi Mike

I have replied to your email address with a solution. The solution converts your text into an Excel date/time cell.

Thanks for the question I will write a blog post on the solution.

Regards

Neale

Hi Mike

I wrote a whole blog post on the solution

https://a4accounting.com.au/another-date-solution/

Regards

Neale

how to get last day of month if only month is given like 1 or JAN or January ??

any formula??

The EOMONTH function returns the end of the month.

=EOMONTH(A1,0)

returns the end of the month for the date in A1.

Thanks, very helpfull

The above formula does not work. The function returns the letter j no mattter what month you put in.

Hi Thomas

The MONTH function returns a number – not sure how it could return a J – if you want to email me the file I can have a look.

Is there a format on the cell?

06 Jul 2019

how to convert in number number

If that entry is in cell A1 then multiplying it by 1 will convert it to a real date eg =A1*1 just format it to see the date

If that entry was in A1 then these formulas extract Month and Day

=MONTH(A1*1)

=DAY(A1*1)

Hope that helps