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At 20:30 17/03/2014 +0000, Budgie Noname wrote:
I have an .ods file and a column with dates in it resists all my attempts to change the format. The column was created when I opened a .csv file in Calc and the dates were shown as, for example, 12 Feb 2014. At some time during the editing of this file the dates became shown as 12-Feb-14 but I have not intended this change. What I want is date in DD/MM/YYYY format. I can highlight the column and try and format it but nothing changes.

The obvious problem that would prevent your changing the format is that you actually have text in these cells, not dates proper - though it's difficult to see how the unintentional change could then have happened. If that's the case, there are two probable solutions:

1. Go back to the CSV file and select "DATE (DMY)" as the "Column type" - so you get dates instead of text.

2. If you've done too much work for that to be desirable:
o Create a new column with =DATEVALUE(Xn) - with the Xn being the existing text date value. Don't worry if the new values look funny. o Copy the new date values back over the originals, but using Paste Special with Formulas *not* ticked.
o Now format the new date values as desired.

Oh, but I see you've beaten me to this ...

Brian Barker

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