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Microsoft Excel 2003 Inserting date.

by christy / March 1, 2009 10:54 AM PST

OS is MS Windows XP Home SP2
With MS Excel 2003 , to insert the current date, I press Ctrl+;. In my case it comes up as 02-03-2009.

I would like it to appear as 02-Mar-2009, or 02-Mar-09, as set at the Regional & Language differences at the Control Panel for "Date". Even when I format the cell for the date to appear as 02 Mar-09, it still appaers as 02-03-009. So, what do I do to insert the current date to appear as 02-Mar-2009 ? I do want the date to change for which I can use the date function =Today() . Thanks.


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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 1, 2009 6:24 PM PST

I hadn't seen that keyboard shortcut before.

I see what you mean, but the way I fixed this was to format the cell, (or perhaps the whole column), to a Custom format. What I found then was that, although the date appeared as 02/03/2009 when I pressed CTRL + ; when I then pressed Enter or highlighted any other cell to fix the value in the cell, it changed the format to 02-Mar-09.

You need to scroll down in Custom format options until you see the dates, then it will show as dd-mmm-yy.

Does that help?


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Inserting current date.
by christy / March 1, 2009 10:55 PM PST
In reply to: Interesting.

Thanks for your reply.
That shortcut was found at Excel's "Help".

Your suggestion works, but by doing that, it would be much better or "easier" if I type in the date manually...which is what I am doing at present.

As MS Windows integrates with MS Office, I am able to change the $ sign to DRL (example) at Regional & Language so that I actually have "DRL" as a currency sign option when formating an Excel cell for currency, instead of the usual "$". So, I thought that if I make dd-mm-yyyy as the short date at Regional differences, it should appear as a default when I press Ctrl+; .... Well, as they said , " MS is not perfect...."


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