Excel convert dates to text

To convert dates to text or a string use the following steps.

How to convert excel date to text

  1. Make sure your date cell is formatted as “Date”
  2. Use the following syntax to convert your date to text.

=Text(Date Cell, “Format selected”)


=Text(A1, “MMMM DD YYYY”)


October 12 1966

You can use a variety of different formats to achieve the results you want. Just replace them as show above.

Here are some examples of the date formats you can use.

MMM – Short month e.g. Oct
MMMM – Long month e.g. October
DD – Numerical Day e.g. 12
DDD – Short day e.g. Mon
DDDD – Long Day e.g. Monday


How to convert excel date to text