Combine text with a date or time

Let's say you want to create a grammatically correct sentence from several columns of data for a mass mailing or format dates with text without affecting formulas that use those dates. To combine text with a date or time, use the TEXT function and the & (ampersand) operator.


The example may be easier to understand if you copy it to a blank worksheet.

ShowHow to copy an example

  1. Create a blank workbook or worksheet.
  2. Select the example in the Help topic.

 Note   Do not select the row or column headers.

Selecting an example from Help

Selecting an example from Help
  1. Press CTRL+C.
  2. In the worksheet, select cell A1, and press CTRL+V.
  3. To switch between viewing the results and viewing the formulas that return the results, press CTRL+` (grave accent), or on the Formulas tab, in the Formula Auditing group, click the Show Formulas button.
Billing Date
Formula Description (Result)
="Statement date: "&TEXT(A3, "d-mmm-yyyy") Combine text in a formula with a date (Statement date: 5-Jun-2007)
=A2&" "&TEXT(A3, "mmm-dd-yyyy") Combine text and date from difference cells into one cell (Billing Date Jun-05-2007)

 Note   To copy the number format code used in a cell into the formula, select the cell, then click Cells on the Format menu. Click the Number tab. In the Category box, click Custom, and then copy the contents of the Type box.

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Applies to:
Excel 2003