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    Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    I am trying to format a date field in dd/mm/yy (Australian Format). The Format|Cells|Date from the menu only gives me US Settings, that is mm/dd/yy. Ah Ah I thought the International settings are set to US. However, a quick check revealed that it is set to English (Australia). The only way I can get the format I want, is to customise a format to dd/mm/yy. (Please note that 'customise' down under is spelt with an 's'). Just another frustration with software written in the US.

    Can anyone tell me what I have done wrong????

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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    Hi Devious,

    If it's any consolation, it's the same on mine. I use XL2000 in the UK, regional settings in control panel are set to UK. However, i don't have to explicitly set the format - as long as I type a valid date into a cell it is correctly interpreted and formatted automatically. 31/1/03 is seen as 31st Jan 03 and 2/4/04 is seen as 2nd April 04. When I then check the formatting of the cell, I note it is a custom format, but I didn't have to put it in myself.

    Is this behaviour causing you any problems? What result do you get when you enter, say '2/4/04' into a cell?

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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    (Edited by HansV to provide clickable link to post - see <!help=19>Help 19<!/help>)

    The thread 'dates corrupted import' starting at <post#=364631>post 364631</post#> may be of interest.
    The suggestion is that VBA only speaks American.
    I'm in UK.

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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    Cell Formatting tend to assume American, VBA is a little more xenophilic.
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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    If I enter a date of 2/4, it shows as '2-Apr'. However, if I wish to format it to show the year, there is no dd/mm/yy option in the Format dialog box, without resorting to a custom format.

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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    Hi Devious,

    Personally, I prefer the in-built '14-Mar-1998' format - unlike the custom dd/mm/yy format it leaves no doubt as to the month or century.

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    Re: Date Format (XL 2000 Under Win XP)

    Yeah, I prefer that too, but this is one of those 'try to fit on one page' type scenarios, with about 6 'date' columns, formatted to 'Arial Narrow' and it is still a bit squished. By leaving out the yy or yyyy formatting i can narrow the width of the printout.

    Gee! Wouldn't spreadsheet presentations be so much easier if we didn't have 'Users'?

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