How to Customize date format

In this article, you’ll learn how to customize the date formatting in Microsoft Excel.

In Excel, date formatting is based on the date setting in control. When we type in Excel something like 5/5, Excel read it as 5th May. So, if we change the date formatting in control panel, then Excel will change the formatting according the setting.

But, for customized date formatting, we use Format cells option.

Let’s take an example and understand:-

We have date in a cell and we want to convert the date formatting from short date formatting to long date formatting.

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Follow below given steps:-

  • Select the date containing cell
  • Right click with the mouse
  • From the popup click on Format Cells

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  • Format cells dialog box will appear
  • Click on Number tab > Custom

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  • In type field, enter the date formatting
  • mmmm,dd,yyyy

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  • According to entered date formatting, sample will display
  • Click OK
  • And date will be converted as per the mentioned date formatting

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In Excel we have some In-build date formatting option and we can create our own date formatting as well.


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