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Formatting Dates in Excel 2010

Excel 2010 provides several different formats in which to display dates and times in a worksheet. Some date formats appear automatically based on how you type a date entry in a cell. For example, if you type 9/10 in a cell, Excel interprets this as a date and changes the entry to 10-Sep (or whatever your default date format is).

Use the Format Cells dialog box to change the way a date appears in the worksheet. You also can use the Number Format drop-down list in the Number group on the Home tab to apply the Short Date, Long Date, or Time format to cell data.

1

Enter a date into a cell.

Depending on what you type, Excel probably displays the date in a different format.

2

On the Home tab, click the Number dialog box launcher.

The Format Cells dialog box appears. You can also open this dialog box by pressing Ctrl+1.

3

Click Date in the Category list.

The right side of the dialog box displays a variety of different date formats.

4

Select a format for the selected cells.

Scroll down in the Type list to see other date formats, such as those that include the time along with the date.

5

Click OK.

The cell displays the date in the new format.

To display the current date in a cell and have Excel update the date, enter =TODAY(). To enter today's date as a static entry, press Ctrl+; (semicolon). To enter the current time as a static value, press Shift+Ctrl+: (colon).

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