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Unique Date Displays in Excel

There are many ways to display dates in Excel, and each has its own unique benefits. Here are some of the most popular methods:

1. The DATE Function

The DATE function is one of the most versatile functions in Excel. It can be used to display dates in a variety of formats, including:

  • mm/dd/yyyy: This is the most common format for dates in the United States. It is also the default format for dates in Excel.
  • dd/mm/yyyy: This format is common in Europe and other parts of the world. It can be useful when working with international data.
  • yyyy-mm-dd: This format is known as the ISO 8601 standard. It is often used when exchanging data between different systems.
  • Custom formats: The DATE function also supports custom date formats. This can be useful for displaying dates in a specific way, such as "January 1, 2020" or "2020-01-01".

2. The TEXT Function

The TEXT function can be used to convert dates into text strings. This can be useful for creating custom date formats, such as "Jan 1, 2020" or "2020/01/01". The TEXT function also supports a wide variety of formatting options, which can be helpful when working with international data.

3. The TODAY Function

The TODAY function returns the current date as a date value. This can be useful for a variety of purposes, such as calculating future dates or determining how many days have passed since a certain event.

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