At 07:19 19/02/2015 -0800, Mark Howe wrote:
-----Original Message----- From: Brian Barker
Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Formatting a date
At 06:41 19/02/2015 -0800, Mark Howe wrote:
I have text: 19 February 2015. The format for the cell is date
2/19/2015, but it will not acknowledge that or sort correctly. As
if it's formatted for date but not accepting that fact. What did I do wrong?
If you want your existing values to be genuine dates - as you will
want to do if you need to include them in calculations or even just
sort them - you must first convert the text into the equivalent
date. Fortunately. the DATEVALUE() function is available to do this
for you. Just put =DATEVALUE(Xn) in another column and fill down.
I interpreted what you wrote to mean that =datevalue(a1) would
convert the contents of A1 into a date.
Yup - provided that the value in A1 is a "valid date expression".
It did not and produced err502. What am I missing?
Then what is in A1 cannot be what Calc considers (in your locale) to
be a valid date expression. The DATEVALUE() function seems very
robust to me: it can cope with many date formats and doesn't seem to
be fazed by extra blanks, though it can be by extraneous commas.
Is it possible that you have a column heading in A1?
I trust this helps.
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