There are sixteen options to choose from when you want a date format in Excel-and this Excel training section is going to cover them all. All of these options can be found by right-clicking the cell that the date is in and selecting “format cells” from the menu and clicking “date” in the categories.
A short date and long date shortcut are also located in the Home tab. In the number formatting box, they can be selected from the drop-down menu. You could also select the bottom right-hand corner of the number formatting box (highlighted) and the format cells dialogue box will appear.
A custom date format in Excel allows users to display a date anyway they want. Over the course of your online Excel training, you’ll come to understand the utter importance of this feature.
- Day of the week, month, days, year
- Monday, January 1, 2018
- Numerical month / days
- Numerical month / days / two-digit year
- Two-digit numerical month / two-digit days / two-digit year
- Days – abbreviated month
- Days – abbreviated month – two-digit year
- Two-digit days – abbreviated month – two-digit year
- Abbreviated month – two-digit year
- Month – two-digit year
- Month days , year
- January 1, 2018
- Numerical month / days / two-digit year Time
- 1/1/18 12:00 AM
- Numerical month / days / two-digit year military time
- 1/1/18 0:00
- Initial month
- Initial month – two-digit year
- Numerical month / days / year
- Days – abbreviated month – year
In this Excel for beginners training, you will learn how to modify the default date format in Excel. To change the default date format, open the computer’s control panel. Under clock, language and region, select change date, time and number formats. In this window, you can select the formatting for short date, long date, short time, long time and change the first day of the week. At the bottom, you can view the examples of what will be displayed based on your formatting selections.
You can create custom date formats within Excel by first selecting the cell you want to format and opening the format cells window. Continue reading this Excel training page to learn how.
Select “date” from the category menu and chose the date format that most closely resembles the format you are creating.
Now select “custom” from the category menu and you will be taken to the format code for the date format to use as a starting point.
In the type box, make any of the changes you want using code (listed below) and hit enter. The custom date format will appear in the cell. The custom date code will also be saved under “custom” in the category menu but will not be saved in the “date” category.
Excel Training: Date Format Codes for Excel
m – numerical months (1-12)
mm – numerical two-digit months (01-12)
mmm – abbreviated months (Jan-Dec)
mmmm – months (January-December)
mmmmm – Initial Months (J-D)
d – days (1-31)
dd – two-digit days (01-31)
ddd – abbreviated days of the week (Sun-Sat)
dddd – days of the week (Sunday-Saturday)
yy – last two digits of the year (00-99)
yyyy – years (1900-9999)
h – hours (0-23)
hh – two-digit hours (00-23)
m – minutes (0-59)
mm – two-digit minutes (00-59)
s – seconds (0-59
ss – two-digit seconds (00-59)
h:mm AM/PM – hour and minute and AM or PM (12:00 AM – 11:59 PM)
Though this is a simple Excel training guide that covers a relatively simple topic, I cannot understate how important this function can be in the creation of spreadsheets. Different parts of the world utilize different dating formats and knowing how to easily modify the content within your spreadsheet to reflect these differences can make reading and understanding the content much easier for an international audience.
You likely want as many people to be able to understand your material as possible. This is where our beginner and advanced Excel courses come into play.
To gain an understanding of this topic and similar ones, continue on with our online Excel training classes to perfect your skills and hone your knowledge.