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Thomas Taylor wrote
Please leave original context in replies.  Stripping original content
makes it
more difficult to track conversations without going back through the
message thread.

Nope--not at all necessary, and in many cases an indiscriminate lack of
trimming makes the post much harder to read.
And, in those cases when context can't be followed these threads are always
posted to LibreOffice's Nabble based archive.

You've the option to view thread listed by date-tme, or threaded.

Back on topic...

Regards Andras and Kaj's exchange--- yes adjusting the "Date acceptance
patterns" (Tools -> Options -> Languages:) to include DD/MM/YYYY --if not
already present for the local, will without any formula manipulations allow
the existing column of text strings to be correctly parsed as date cell

Andras is correct though, the FORMAT CODE on the Format Cells dialog will
not have the desired affect, it only controls the display of data correctly
cast as date values.   

Either formula based string conversion as Andras suggests, or adjustments to
the Date acceptance patterns that Kaj mentions will work.

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