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Tame your computer – deal with dates

14 Mar

When you enter a date such as 4/3 in Excel,  the default date format is 04-Mar. You can quickly reformat it using the drop-down button in the Number group on the Home tab and select Short Date or Long Date, but what if you also want to display the day? For example, Tuesday 14 March 2017? Some people use the Text Function to in a separate column (=TEXT(A1,”ddd”) but there is a way to format dates to include the day of the week.

Here’s how:

  1. Right-click the cell containing the date(s) or the whole column.
  2. Select Format Cells from the menu.
  3. If necessary (probably not) display the Number tab.
  4. Select the Custom option in the Category box.
  5. In the Type box, double-click on the word General and type the custom format of your choice. (Mine is ddd dd mmmm yyyy.)
  6. Press ENTER or click OK

Herewith some other options you might like to try out in step 5  … to get Tuesday 12 December 2017 when you type 12/12, set the Custom format as dddd dd mmmm yyyy. Or if you prefer to see it as Tue 12/12/17 try out ddd dd/mm/yy. The underlying date you typed won’t change and can be checked by looking in the Formula Bar.

Related tips:
Display your numbers with leading zeros : http://roem.co.uk/tip_193.html
Convince Excel you want to type July 2010 : http://roem.co.uk/tip_313.php
Save time entering dates : http://roem.co.uk/tip_442.php

Tame your computer – dally with dates

21 Feb

If you enter a date in an Excel worksheet, do you type the year as well? If so, you might like to know that if the date is in the current year you can save yourself some time. Also, if you normally type the leading zero to get, say, 01/03/2015, there is even less for you to type.

Here’s how:

  1. Type, say, 1/3.
  2. Press ENTER.

Excel assumes you’re entering a date and typically formats it to, say, 1-Mar. If you don’t like the default date format, you can quickly reformat it to, say, 01/03/2015 or 1 March 2015. Here’s how:

  1. Select the cell(s) you want to reformat.
  2. Click on the Number Format drop-down list on the Home tab in the Number group.
  3. Select Short Date or Long Date.

Finally, have another look at http://www.roem.co.uk/tip_358.php for tips on how to enter the current date and/or time into a worksheet.