At 00:03 09/08/2013 +0200, Gordom Noname wrote:

`I have a series of data. Here you have a small sample (this data is
``placed into a column A):
`,,08,01,17,27,13

`Each cell must be formatted into a proper date & time format. I'm
``achieving this using the following formula in column B (the
``following example corresponds to cell No A1):
``=REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(REPLACE(A1;1;1;"2013");11;1;"
``");5;1;"-");8;1;"-");14;1;":");17;1;":")
`
As the result I get this in cell B1:
2013-08-01 17:27:13

`My question: Is there a way to simplify the formula? However it
``works, it doesn't seem to be very elegant right now.
`

I'd probably do something like

`="2013-"&MID(A1;3;2)&"-"&MID(A1;6;2)&"
``"&MID(A1;9;2)&":"&MID(A1;12;2)&":"&RIGHT(A1;2)
`instead. Only you can decide whether this is more elegant.

`But notice that your formula does not create what I would call a
``"proper date and time format", but instead a text string that looks
``like a date and time value. (So does my version, of course.) To see
``the difference, try adding 1 to the date and time value. In your
``case you will get the result 1, since the text string is treated as
``zero, but adding one to a genuine date and time value produces a time
``exactly one day later. You can convert the result of either formula
``to a real date and time using
`=DATEVALUE(B1)+TIMEVALUE(B1)
and then formatting the result cell appropriately (as YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS).
You can build this idea into my version by using
=DATEVALUE("2013-"&MID(A1;3;2)&"-"&MID(A1;6;2))+TIMEVALUE(MID(A1;9;2)&":"&MID(A1;12;2)&":"&RIGHT(A1;2))
But that leads to what is perhaps a simpler version:
=DATE(2013;MID(A1;3;2);MID(A1;6;2))+TIME(MID(A1;9;2);MID(A1;12;2);RIGHT(A1;2))

`Again, you need to format the result cell to display the date and
``time as you wish to see them.
`
I trust this helps.
Brian Barker
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