**How to convert a date written with text, like 1 January 2023, to a number date 01/01/2023? **With Excel, is very simple and there are 2 ways to do it.

**DATEVALUE function**This function has been created just for this action

**The symbol -- (2 hyphen)**This short writing converts a text date to a number date

## Origin of the problem

A date is a numerical value. In Excel, a date is the number of days that separate 01/01/1900 (the first date of Excel), from any date.

For instance, let's take the date of 02/04/2023, and let's apply the **General format**. The result is 45018. **45018 means the number of days after 01/01/1900**.

Now, **if your dates have text inside (like Jan, Feb, Mar, ..), Excel interprets the cell's contents**. And there you lose all the benefits of working on dates, like:

- Loss of date's hierarchy with the filters
- Unable to select a specific year or a month
- No calculations possible; Weekends or public holidays
- ...

## Methods to Convert a Text Date to a Numeric Date

2 methods in Excel allow you to convert Text Dates to Numeric Dates

- With the DATEVALUE function
- Using an Excel-specific writing trick

### Using the DATEVALUE function

The **DATEVALUE** function is a function that **converts a Text Date into a Numeric Date**. Just specify as a parameter the cell containing the date in Text, and the function takes care of the rest.

=DATEVALUE(A2)

Then, you must apply the Date Format to see the date in your cell.

**But we can go much further in the design of dates by combining several cells.**

For example, we have **the day, month, and year in 3 different cells**. We build a date using the symbol & for concatenating the three cells.

=$A4&B$3&$B$1

It is interesting to note that with this writing, **there is no space between day, month, and year**. **But this is not a problem for the DATEVALUE function**.

=DATEVALUE($A4&B$3&$B$1)

Then, the use of dollars is to simplify the copying of the formula in the other cells

### TIP: Write Easily to Convert in Excel

In Excel, there is an advanced technique to convert your data with -- (**2 hyphen signs one after the other**)

Just with the 2 minus, Excel converts your Text Dates to Numeric Dates

=--($A4&B$3&$B$1)