How to change Google Sheets date format and convert dates to numbers and text

Dates are an inevitable part of Google Sheets. And like many other concepts of spreadsheets, they require a bit of learning.

In this tutorial, you will find out how Google stores dates and how you can format them for your better convenience. Some date formats are offered to you by spreadsheets while others should be created from scratch. There are even a couple of handy functions for the task.

I also describe a couple of ways to convert your dates to numbers and text if necessary.

How Google Sheets formats dates

First things first: before any activities related to dates in spreadsheets, it's crucial to understand the core principles of how dates work.

For its internal database, Google Sheets stores all dates as integer numbers. Not sequences of a day, month, and year as we got used to seeing, but simple integers:

  • 1 for December 31, 1899
  • 2 for January 1, 1900
  • 102 for April 11, 1900 (100 days after January 1, 1900)
  • and so on.

Unlike Excel that cannot store dates as negative numbers, in Google, for dates prior to December 31, 1899, the numbers will be negative:

  • -1 for December 29, 1899
  • -2 for December 28, 1899
  • -102 for September 19, 1899
  • etc.

Regardless of how Google Sheets formats dates for you to see in cells, spreadsheets always store them as integers. It's an automatic Google Sheets date format that helps to treat dates correctly.

Tip. The same goes for time units – they are merely decimals for your table:

  • .00 for 12:00 AM
  • .50 for 12:00 PM
  • .125 for 3:00 AM
  • .573 for 1:45 PM
  • etc.

A date paired with time is kept as an integer with decimal places:

  • 31,528.058 is April 26, 1986, 1:23 AM
  • 43,679.813 is August 2, 2019, 7:30 PM

Change date format in Google Sheets to another locale

Another important thing to keep in mind is your spreadsheet locale.

The locale is what presets your Google Sheets date format based on your region. Thus, if you're currently in the US, 06-Aug-2019 will be put as 8/6/2019 in your sheet, while for the UK it'll be 6/8/2019.

To ensure the correct calculations, it's vital to have the correct locale set, especially if the file was created in another country:

  1. Go to File > Settings in the Google Sheets menu.
  2. Find Locale under the General tab and pick the desired location from the drop-down list: Change your spreadsheet locale to ensure the correct Google Sheets date format.

Tip. As a bonus, you can also specify your time zone here to record your file history in it.

Note. The locale doesn't change the language of your Sheets. However, the date formatting will be applied to the entire spreadsheet. Everyone who works with it will see the changes, no matter their place on the globe.

How to change date format in Google Sheets

If dates in your tables are formatted inconsistently or all you can see is strange sets of numbers instead, don't panic. You simply need to change the date format in your Google Sheets using built-in instruments.

Default Google Sheets date format

  1. Select all cells you'd like to format.
  2. Go to Format > Number in the spreadsheet menu and pick Date to see the date only or Date time to get both date and time in a cell: How to format date in Google Sheets.

The integers successfully turn into the format that you'll recognize at a glance. These are default Google Sheets date formats: Automatic format (integers) vs. date format.

Tip. You can find the same formats if you click on the 123 icon on the spreadsheet toolbar: Another way to change date format in Google Sheets.

Custom date formats

If you don't like how Google Sheets formats dates by default, I won't blame you. Luckily, there's plenty of room to improvise thanks to custom date formats.

You can access them from the same Google Sheets menu: Format > Number > Custom date and time: Google Sheets custom date and time formats.

You will see the window with lots of different custom date formats available. Whichever one you chose and apply, your dates will look the same: Apply custom formats from the list.

If you're still unhappy with the appearance of your dates, you can tailor your own custom date format:

  1. Select the cells you want to format.
  2. Go to Format > Number > Custom date and time.
  3. Place the cursor into the field at the top that contains the date units and delete everything with your Backspace or Delete keys: Remove the existing custom date format.
  4. Click the arrow to the right of the field and pick the unit you'd like to have first. Don't forget to type the separator afterwards.

    Repeat till all the necessary units are added (no worries, you'll be able to add or remove them later): Add as many units to your custom date format as you need.

  5. Notice that each unit has double arrows to its right. Click them and you'll be able to adjust the exact way to display the value.

    Here's what I can choose for Day: Choose how the day should look in your date format.

    This way, you can edit all values, insert additional and delete obsolete ones. You are free to separate the units with various characters including commas, slashes, and dashes.

  6. Once you're ready, click Apply.

Here's what format I've created and how my dates look now: Google Sheets custom date format anew.

QUERY function for Google Sheets to format dates

There's one more way to change date format in Google Sheets – with a formula, of course. Since this is not the first time of me showing QUERY to you, I'm starting to think of it as a real cure-all for spreadsheets. :)

I have an example table where I track the shipment of a few orders: My table with shipped orders.

I want to change the date format in column B. Here's my QUERY formula:

=QUERY(A1:C7,"select * format B 'd-mmm-yy (ddd)'")

  • first, I specify the range of my entire table – A1:C7
  • then I'm asking the formula to return all columns – select *
  • and at the same time re-format column B the way I put into the formula – format B 'd-mmm-yy (ddd)'

The formula works like a charm. It returns my entire table and changes date format in column B: Change date format in Google Sheets with the QUERY function.

As you may have noticed, to change the date format via the formula, I used special codes that represent different looks of days, months, and years. If you're not familiar with them, here's a list of these codes for dates:

Code Description Example
d Day without a leading zero for 1-9 7
dd Day with a leading zero for 1-9 07
ddd Day as an abbreviation Wed
dddd Day as a full name Wednesday
(if not preceded or followed by
hours or seconds)
Month without a leading zero 8
(if not preceded or followed by
hours or seconds)
Month with a leading zero 08
mmm Month as an abbreviation Aug
mmmm Month as a full name August
mmmmm First letter of the month A
Two digit year 19
Full numeric year 2019

Tip. If you'd like to supply your date format with time as well, you need to add codes for time units. You will find the full list of time codes in this guide.

Using these codes, you can format the dates in so many ways:

  • Get the hold of the year, month, or day only:

    =QUERY(A1:C7,"select * format B 'yyyy'") Use QUERY to return the year only.

  • Return the day, month, and the day of the week:

    =QUERY(A1:C7,"select * format B 'dd mmmm, dddd'") Convert date to day of week, day and month.

By the way, what date format have you got used to? :)

Google Sheets: convert date to number

In case you need to see numbers instead of dates, one of the methods below will be useful.

Convert date to number by changing the format

  1. Select those cells with dates that you want to convert to numbers.
  2. Go to Format > Number and this time pick Number among other options.
  3. Voila – all selected dates have turned into numbers that represent them: Convert Date format to Number format.

DATEVALUE function for Google Sheets

Another way for Google Sheets to convert date to number is by using the DATEVALUE function:


where date_string represents any date in the known for spreadsheets format. The date should be put in double-quotes.

For example, I want to convert August 10, 2023 to a number. All the formulas below will return the same result: 45148.

=DATEVALUE("August 10, 2023")
=DATEVALUE("8/10/2023") DATEVALUE formulaswith different format returns the same number for the same date.

Tip. If you're not sure whether Google Sheets understands the format you're about to enter, try typing the date into another cell first. If the date is recognized, it'll be aligned to the right.

You can also fill your cells with dates in one column, and then reference them in your formulas in another column:


Google Sheets: convert date to text

Converting dates to text in spreadsheets is the task for the TEXT function:

  • number – regardless of what number, date, or time you give to the function, it will return it as text.
  • format – the text will be formatted the way you specify in the formula.

    Tip. To set the format correctly, use the same codes as you did for the QUERY function.

The real-data formula may look like this:


Here's how I converted my date – 2/7/2023 - to text and changed the format at the same time: Google Sheets: convert dates to text and change the format.

Google Sheets: convert text to date

Sometimes your dates may appear in a way that Google Sheets doesn't understand at all. And it doesn't really matter whether they are imported or you just fancy a certain view: Some custom formats that Google Sheets doesn't understand at once.

Unless you specify a custom format for each cell or change the locale of your spreadsheet, these dates will be formatted as text by default. You won't be able to use them in formulas or other calculations.

But here's the easiest solution for your Google Sheets: convert text to dates using the Power Tools add-on. It's literally a single radio button among other convert tools. Power Tools: convert text to dates radio button.

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The tool recognizes all these custom formats in your Google Sheets and converts text to date so all cells become consistent and can be used for further reference: Google Sheets: Convert text to date using the Power Tools add-on.

This is it! I hope by now you know how to change date format in Google Sheets and convert dates to numbers or text. Feel free to share other cool ways in the comments section below. ;)

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  1. I have a sheet that receives data mapped directly from a web form. The date/time format of the form is dd/mm/yyyy hh:mm:ss. I want to format the date and remove the time but Google always interprets the first date number as the month. I changed the locale to UK, but it still recognizes the dd as mm, so when I try to change the date format to dd-MMM-yyyy, 08/05/2024 becomes 5 Aug 2024 instead of 8 May 2024. What can I do?

    • Hello SJ Thomas,

      For me to be able to help you, I need to look at your spreadsheet. How you import the data, the formats applied - everything matters. Please share it (or its editable copy) with us ( and specify where the dates are.
      Note. We keep that Google account for file sharing only and don't monitor its Inbox. Do not email there. Once you share the file, just confirm by replying to this comment.

      I'll look into it and try to help.

  2. How do I convert date format mo/dd/yyyy so leading zeros show? For example... I want to convert 2/7/2023 to 02/07/2023. Some of my cells show leading zeros but I cannot seem to duplicate that fomatting for rest of the cells.

  3. Hi Natalia, I have a sheet that in a column, formatted as date time, presents some values in the format year/month/day hours:minutes:seconds other day/month/year hours:minutes:seconds and I can't convert everything into a single format (yyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss) with none of the methods you explained above...
    Can you help me?
    Thank you

    • Hi Enzo,

      I'm sorry but your task is not clear. Please describe it in detail specifying some records you already have and how you want them to actually look.

  4. Hi! So I am new to using Google Sheets. I am a Microsoft Excel user and would consider myself a bit better than a novice. I have been able to figure out how to set up a date formula in Excel that does not require me to type a forward slash but always displays it with one. I cannot seem to figure out how to do that in Google Sheets. I have the selected column cells set with custom date of mm/dd/yyyy, but when I type 02041999 it is only displaying as regular numbers, not as 02/04/1999. How do I fix that because I simply do not want to have to type the forward slash every time.

    Thanks in advance for your replies!

    • Hi Susan,

      In Google Sheets, it's impossible to make it treat numbers without separators (like slashes or dashes) as a date. In your case, I'd advise using a helper column with a formula that will turn your numeric string into a date:
      =DATE(RIGHT(A1, 4), LEFT(A1, 2), MID(A1, 3, 2))

      Just make sure you enter numbers with an apostrophe at the beginning: '02041999
      And format the column with formulas as a date.

  5. When I use a date in a cell with a function like adding two columns into one column I get integral numbers not the standard did-mm-yyyy

    This converts the integral number to the correct date format 4/6/2024

    Is there any other basic solution here.

  6. Dear
    I defined a new time format to be able to calculate the differences between times (mm:ss.00) but I can't apply to a selection of cells.
    I can do it but if I look in the menu it's not chosen as format and my formula (difference in duration between 2 times) doesn't work because the cell contains text it says... Can someone help?

    • Hello Jana Vanden,

      For me to be able to help you, please specify the exact formula you're using to calculate the time difference and the time format you're trying to apply.

  7. I've got a csv file with the dates in mm/dd/yyyy format, and when I import it into my (UK region) Sheet it comes out as the same format, even when I do a Format>Number>Date on the column. I can do a regex transform, but is there a simple way of getting the dates to display in UK format?

  8. I'm using scripts (getValues and setValues) to copy values (including dates) to an external document.

    I noticed my document timestamp was incorrect, so I changed my document settings to the correct timezone.

    Ever since then my scripts are adjusting the date before copying it, and all the transferred dates are out by 1.
    How can I fix this?

  9. Hi All,
    How to Display Days or Month in Capital letters, like - MON, TUE, JAN, DEc etc. Thanks

  10. saya punya masalah dengan formula TEXT untuk seluruh Kolom A:A, dimana kolom yang kosong ikut dikonfersi menjadi text. berikut formula saya =TEXT(A:A;"dd mmmm yyyy"). saya ingin kolom yang kosong pada kolom A tidak ikut berubah menjadi TEXT

    • Hello Rolan,

      I'm sorry, we provide assistance in English only. The TEXT function affects only the column where you put it. It doesn't format the data directly in your referred column A. So you can just select column A and apply the desired format from the Google Sheets menu.

  11. Hi Natalia,

    I've been through all your excellent and well explained responses, but don't seem to be able to find an answer to my query...

    I get my bank statement online, and copy and paste the raw info into my own personal spreadsheet by greying everything out via the mouse, and use that for my own-designed accounts package! I've used this system for ten years, and while it isn't rocket science, I like to know what's happening and feel a bit happier if things are going well - or not!

    The date of each transaction appears in one cell, with the shortened date format, i.e. 06 May 2023, and in the same cell, the recipient of the money I've sent is printed directly underneath the date, so I have a 'two tier' cell, which I cannot see how to split up! I have to do this manually, and sometimes run out of time as the bank logs me off pretty quickly!

    I've tried all manner of functions, but never get anywhere near a result! I can do a regexreplace function on another cell, where the amount and the text is in the same plane, but the double-tier issue doesn't seem to work the same way!

    Is it at all possible for me to separate the date from the recipient, and just have them in two adjoining cells to suit my accounts programme please?

    With best wishes,

    Mike A.

  12. Brilliant
    The solution to change the date format using the QUERY function is the simplest I've seen. Great work. Thank you for solving this issue.
    =QUERY(A1:C7,"select * format B 'd-mmm-yy (ddd)'")

  13. Hi I have a big issue. I am trying to automate my work tasks and I have an account in google sheets which is linked to my Calendly and it downloads all the data from calendly into different collumns on my google sheets. One of them is the time. The cell with the time and date expresses the date in this form"07:00pm - Wednesday, April 5, 2023". I wanted to created an specific number for each one as sometimes i get interviews in my agenda from different days and i wanted the dates to be ordered from monday to friday each day with the correct hours. I had managed to do that with this formula
    But today, it collapsed and I dont know why.
    I wanted to know if there is a way in which I can again make it work or use a similar formula.
    i will show how it used to look:

    NUMBER VALUE TIME from calendly

    45019,20833 05:00pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    45019,22222 05:20pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    45019,23611 05:40pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    45019,25 06:00pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    45019,26389 06:20pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    45019,27778 06:40pm - Monday, April 3, 2023
    and now i have a message of error that says "El parámetro "April 5, 2023 " de DATEVALUE no se puede analizar como fecha/hora."

    • Hello Agustina,

      For me to be able to help you better, please specify how the records look when Calendly returns them and how you need them to look as a result.

  14. Is there a region that uses both $ and the ISO standard date format? I'm getting tired of constantly converting dates to YYYY-MM-DD, but the only work around I could find was setting my region to an area that does not use dollars.

  15. Hi Natalia, I was reading your post but unfortunately my problem is more in the hour section which you kind of overlooked. I know, it must be the least used part of the date info but in my case is exactly, and only, what I need. I don't know if this goes beyond your expertice but I'm building a time sheet to calculate my worked hours in order to speed up my montly report. I found that manually entering the data is not only tedious but also prone to errors that could affect my paycheck. So I found a tutorial to convert 3 digit and 4 digit numbers into time using a Google Apps Script. It's working in converting my numbers into time format on the fly but it's not doing it correctly. When I enter "930" it converts it to "12:30", if i enter "830" it gives me "00:50". I tried changing the Locale in settings but it still converts it wrong. Can you guide into whatever might be happening here? Assuming there's nothing wrong in the script of course but in Google Sheets. Also, i'd like to know if after I make it to convert to time correctly I could simply create a formula to substract my Clock-in Time from my Clock-out Time and have the exact total of worked hours. I did it in a basic spreadsheet with no script applied and it seemed to work but it always gave weird time like, if I entered: 9:30 as clock-in time and 7:30 as clock-out time it gave me 10 hours total but it'd say "10:00 PM". It's funny it gets the total right when also assumes weird time inputs. Like 9:30 am as clock-in and 7:30 also am as clock out.

    • Hi Sergio,

      I'm sorry but we don't cover the programming area (script-related questions). If the script converts time, I'd look for the problems there.

      To add or subtract different time units, please see this blog post. It also covers cases like when you need to calculate more than 24 hours.

      Also, if you just enter 9:30 and 7:30 and don't specify the part of the day (AM/PM), Google Sheets will automatically mark them as AM (select each cell and look at the formula bar, you'll see how Google Sheets understands the values). Hence, the result is 22:00, or 10:00 PM with the Time format.

  16. Hello Natalia,

    Under "How Google Sheets Formats dates" there's a couple of examples of how time is kept as an integer.

    It's written that, 43,679.813 is August 2, 2019, 7:30PM.
    Shouldn't the integer for 7:30 PM be .73 instead of .813?

    31,528.058 is April 26, 1986, 1:23 AM
    43,679.813 is August 2, 2019, 7:30 PM

  17. In cell in "Date is vaild" format is dd/mm/yyyy. How to change is yyyy-mm-dd in plain text ?

    • " Is valid date"

        • In cell function data validation " Is valid date " when i choose date. The format is dd/mm/yyyy but i want to format yyyy-mm-dd in plain text not use Format "Date" in toolbar. i want a plain text date is yyyy-mm-dd. Thanks><

          • Thank you for replying, Nontakorn.

            What happens if you simply apply the required format (Format > Number > Plain text) to a cell with that data validation rule? It works for me. Though you will most likely have to re-enter the date in the required format.
            Or use the formula from this part of the article to set the format.

            • Thank you

  18. Hi Natalia!
    I have a problem with the way google sheets interprets the dates I'm writting. I have a column for dates with the format dd-mm-yyyy. However, when I type a date such as 12-2-23 it assumes the date 23-12-2012 by default! What can I do? Thanks!

  19. Hi. This is so useful and works perfectly on one of my date columns. I have a 6 columns of dates contained within a range of E3:O. that need formatting in this way - Columns E,K,L,M,N,O. I am struggling to get the right syntax for formatting multiple columns using the one QUERY function. Thanks so much.

  20. Hello. I need help. I have a table that has 1 column with a date of this format ("January 30, 2023 at 11:57PM" or "January 31, 2023 at 12:20AM"). When the payment is made, the date comes from the server in this format. My task is to find the difference between the last two dates and output it. I need to do something like this - the last payment was 3 hours 15 minutes / the last payment was 1 day 14 hours and 3 minutes. =TEXT , =DATEDIF do not work. Can someone help me?

    • Hello Mitya,

      For me to be able to help you better, please consider sharing a small sample spreadsheet with us ( with 2 sheets: (1) a copy of your source data with the formulas that you tried (2) the example of the result you expect to get. The result sheet is of great importance as it gives a better understanding than any text description.

      Note. We keep that Google account for file sharing only and don't monitor its Inbox. Please do not email there. Once you share the file, just confirm by replying to this comment.

      I'll look into it and try to help.

  21. Wednesday 21st Dec (11 AM-12 PM) Importing data from different sheets. Need this in only date format ex(09/01/2023)

  22. I receive a month on numbers as I group by it to get the total sales on each month.
    I would like to format it from the group by straight to my query, this is the far I could go but it isn't work. I'm in Brazil so that's why some character's may seem wrong.
    =QUERY(Vendas!A:P;"Select MONTH(A), sum(P), count(P) group by MONTH(A) label MONTH(A) 'Mês', sum(P) 'Faturamento', count(P) 'Limpezas no Mês' Format sum(P) 'R$ ##,##0.00', MONTH(A) '"&TEXTO(&"MONTH(A)"&;'MMMM')&"'")
    Hope I was understandable.

    • Hello Rodrigo,

      If you still need assistance, please share a small sample spreadsheet with us ( with 2 sheets: (1) a copy of your source data with your formula (2) the example of the result you expect to get. The result sheet is of great importance as it gives a better understanding than any text description.

      Note. We keep that Google account for file sharing only and don't monitor its Inbox. Please do not email there. Once you share the file, just confirm by replying to this comment.

      I'll look into it and try to help.

  23. Hello,

    I have a problem with creating a date.
    I use the following formula in the script editor:
    Utilities.formatDate(new Date(Year,Month,Day), FormTimeZone, 'dd.MM.yyyy')

    In the logger:
    07:53:26 Info Day= 30.0
    07:53:26 Info Month= 12.0
    07:53:26 Info Year = 2022.0
    But the result from the upper Formular is
    07:53:26 Info Mon Jan 30 00:00:00 GMT+01:00 2023

    What is wrong with it?

  24. Hello;

    Google spreadsheets have dates in column C.
    In the output of this code that I wrote in the Apps Script section, the dates are missing 1 day.
    Example: The date in column C2 is 23.10.2022, when I print from postman it is "2022-10-22T21:00:00.000Z"

    if (mo == "kontrol") {
    var id =;
    var doc = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet();
    var sheet = doc.getSheetByName('Sayfa1');
    var values = sheet.getRange('A:E').getValues();
    var output = [];
    for (var i = 0; i;
    return ContentService.createTextOutput(JSON.stringify(outputToReturn[0])).setMimeType(ContentService.MimeType.JSON);
    return ContentService.createTextOutput(JSON.stringify(output)).setMimeType(ContentService.MimeType.JSON);

  25. Trying to create a column that determines the age of a user based on the DOB.
    Sometimes it works but other times the forward slashes make the formula break. I have tried converting the column to the date format with hyphens but they don't change for some reason unless I manually convert them.

    C18 has the following --> 2006-02-06 ---> which works fine to convert to ---> 16 ----> using =if(ISBLANK(C18),"",floor((Today()-C18)/365))

    but literally, cell below this doesn't work with the same formula and I can't get it to change into the same format with hyphens.

    C19 1/25/2006 ---> gives following error ---> #VALUE! --> formula is same ---> =if(ISBLANK(C19),"",floor((Today()-C19)/365))

    What am i missing here?

  26. How can I make google Sheets recognize that 0:01 AM for the next day is greater than 23:59PM from the previous day?

  27. I have a DATEDIF formula but the result is only displaying as a single digit. Eg start date is 19/08/2019 end date is 13/10/2022, my formula is =DATEDIF(C2,D2,"YM") but the result is presenting as '1'

    • Hello Lyndsay,

      Correct, "YM" you're using in the formula returns the number of whole months between the dates after subtracting whole years. If you need to see 37 (the number of whole months between the dates), use "M" instead.

      You will find more about DATEDIF in this article.

  28. Hi

    How do I convert 20220629 to date ? like 2022/06/29.


    • Hi Jesh,

      In your case, you need to extract the required digits to the corresponding arguments of the DATE function. Like this:
      =DATE(LEFT(A2,4), MID(A2,5,2), RIGHT(A2,2))

  29. how would I convert times between 12:00-12:59 to 0:00-0:59?

  30. Hey there,

    I'm stuck

    I have a column with the day as 04, 07, 15 etc and they're not consecutive (I'm putting together a silly holiday calendar). The month is a header at the top so I don't include it in the day column data.

    I'd like to automatically change the numbers in that day column to 01/04/2023 etc.
    Is there any way to make that happen?

    • Hey Evan,

      For Google Sheets to treat such cells as dates, you should enter the dates in any Date format Google recognizes as such I'm afraid.

  31. The numbers of the calender is at 2 4 6 8 10 how can i fix that

  32. Wow this is amazing!

  33. Hi, How can I extract just the date here - Jul 18, 2022, 6:45:03 PM

  34. Hi there!

    How can change date format from 5/23/22 0:00 to 2022-05-23 0:00?

  35. I have an query function that is combining all the date from 11 different tabs in google, but I can't seem to get my function right where it copies the dates from Column M.

    =QUERY({Wagram!A4:AJ;SEARCH!A4:AJ;SHS!A4:AJ;Carver!A4:AJ;SycamorePrimary!A4:AJ;SycamoreElementary!A4:AJ;SpringHill!A4:AJ;SouthJohnson!A4:AJ;LaurelHill!A4:AJ;ABGibson!A4:AJ;Shaw!A4:AJ},"select * where Col13 is not null",-1)

    M has a function in it in each of the 11 tabs where it adds 90 days to a different date on the same spreadsheet. It has something to do with the function not picking up the date or serial number...

    All my dates in M will be less than 6/30/2023. I hope this helps.

    • Hello Yvette,

      At the glance, your formula looks correct.

      For me to be able to help you better, please share your spreadsheet with us:
      Note. We keep that Google account for file sharing only and don't monitor its Inbox. Please do not email there. Once you share the file, just confirm by replying to this comment.

      Please don't worry if you have confidential information there, we never disclose the data we get from our customers and delete it as soon as the problem is resolved. Or you can replace any important information with some irrelevant data, just keep the format.

      I'll look into the problem.

  36. Hi,
    I have a format problem, concerning dates, I want dates in dd/mm/yyyy format, and I don't want useless 0 like 01/01/2022, but i want 1/1/2022. But some dates remain with useless 0 and don't changed into 2022 for example :

    18/09/14 20/09/14 18/09/14 20/09/14
    14/10/14 25/09/19 14/10/14 25/09/19
    14/10/14 25/09/19 14/10/14 25/09/19
    14/10/14 25/09/19 14/10/14 25/09/19
    1/1/1980 7/7/2015 1/1/1980 7/7/2015
    2/12/2019 27/01/21 1/1/2020 17/01/21
    20/06/18 27/01/22 26/01/22 27/01/22
    10/9/2021 12/10/2021 10/9/2021 10/9/2021
    21/09/17 8/6/2020 21/09/17 8/6/2020
    8/11/2019 21/01/20 11/12/2019 11/1/2020
    24/05/18 8/6/2022 24/10/18 10/7/2019

    Thanks for your answer.

      • As i am trying to use countifs formula for eg:- column C has filled with dark and column b with date , so I want to use this formula in a way if i give a date range for 15th jan to 20th jan how many count of dark is there while trying a formula in excel it was working but not in google sheet as there was some issue with date format while trying to change the date format for few cells it got changed but for few it didnt how to resolve these both issues

        • Hello Satish,

          I'm sorry but your task is not clear. For me to be able to help you, please share a small sample spreadsheet with us ( with 2 sheets: (1) a copy of your source data with the formula that doesn't work (2) the result you expect to get. The result sheet is of great importance as it gives us a better understanding than any text description.

          Please shorten the tables to 10-20 rows.

          Note. We keep that Google account for file sharing only and don't monitor its Inbox. Please do not email there. Once you share the file, just confirm by replying to this comment.

          I'll look into your task and try to help.

  37. I have a problem.
    When i enter 03/06/2022, it takes it as 3rd month which is march and date as 6. However, i want it to be 3 day of June.

    Please see if you can help.
    Thanking you

      • Hello,
        I'm having the same question.
        I've imported .csv data from another locale (USA) to European locale.
        The sheets does not recognize the data as dates (when the day is bigger than 12)
        How can I rewrite to "my locale"?
        Custom Date & Time doesn't help/work

        Thank you & regards,

  38. Hello!
    I am using date-time format(dd,mm,yyy hh:mm:ss) and I would like to plot the date on one axis in the time in the other axis.

    I think it is not possible and for this reason, I would like to separate the date and the time into two columns: in one the date, and in another one the time. Is there a query that can be used?

  39. I have a spreadsheet with dates expressed as dd/mm/yyyy but one individual cell incorrectly formats the output to mm/dd/yyyy and no matter how many times I've tried reformatting it to the correct format it won't display in the correct manner. Cells above and below display correctly, and reformatting all cells in the column also failed to correct this one cell. I've tried deleting the contents of the cell, removing formatting from the cell, copying formatting from other cells to no avail. While I can look at the data entry bar and see the correct date it doesn't display correctly in the cell. Any suggestions please?

      • Thanks Natalia. The locale was certainly wrong and I have fixed that. Unfortunately some cells despite changing the locale and re-formatting the cells, refused to show the correct (Australian) date settings with the data already entered. Luckily the spreadsheet was small so I manually re-entered the dates and they came out correct. I will be wise to the locale issue in future. Thanks again.

  40. Hello!
    My data exports in format "Mon Feb 21 10:58:16 UTC 2022" but I need to change this to some standard format such as "dd-mm-yyyy" (I don't care about the other exported info). Is there a way to do it with a formula? Or how else?
    Thank you!

    • Hello Mike,

      Assuming the date is in A2, try this formula:
      =DATEVALUE(MID(B5,5,6)&" "&RIGHT(B5,4))

      Don't forget to apply the Date format to a cell with this formula.

      • I changed the B5s in your formula to A2 and it works! Thank you, you are a wizard! Have an amazing day

  41. I have my date column as YR:MO:DY HR:MN:SE
    which is what I need, but my 'seconds' in that format have a decimal and additional digits, so the entry is longer that what is needed (only 2 digit seconds). Can I remove the decimal and all digits to the right via automated method which would leave only 2 digits for second data, or is that type of request not supported? (removing digits to the right of the decimal would still need to leave those same digits to the left of the decimal) Thanks.

      • format current: 2021/12/29 23:20:45.71994700:00
        format desired: 06/14/2017 20:57:35

        I am not sure how to switch the date format to MM/DD/YR within the context of the time data. And need to remove everything after and including the decimal for the seconds. Thanks.

        • Thank you for the examples, Shaun.

          If I get it correctly, you can first split your current record by a period using any method described here. This will return 2021/12/29 23:20:45 into one of the columns (let's suppose column B).

          Then you'll just need to use one the ways described in the blog post above to transform the format. For example: =QUERY(B2,"select * format B 'mm/dd/yyy h:m:s'")

          • Thanks, that was very helpful. One last question - I can only have 8 decimal places max. One of my columns is current 9 places. How do I delete only the 9th place to the right of the decimal? Example: 5.527243528

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