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How to Use TO_DATE in Google Sheets in 2020?

TO_DATEConverts a provided number to a date.

Sample Usage

TO_DATE(25405)

TO_DATE(A2)

TO_DATE(40826.4375)

Syntax

TO_DATE(value)

value – The argument or reference to a cell to be converted to a date.

If value is a number or a reference to a cell containing a numeric value, TO_DATE returns value converted to a date, interpreting value as number of days since December 30, 1899.

Negative values are interpreted as days before this date, and fractional values indicate time of day past midnight.

If value is not a number or a reference to a cell containing a numeric value, TO_DATE returns value without modification.

Notes

TO_DATE does not autoconvert number formats in the same way as direct entry into cells. Therefore, TO_DATE(10/10/2000) is interpreted as TO_DATE(0.0005), the quotient of 10 divided by 10 divided by 2000.

TO_DATE is not as commonly used as DATE, which takes a year, month, and day in numeric format as inputs.

TO_DATE is the inverse of N as applied to a date, and equivalent to applying Format NumberDate time from the menu bar.

See Also

DATE: Converts a year, month, and day into a date.

TO_TEXT: Converts a provided numeric value to a text value.

TO_PURE_NUMBER: Converts a provided date/time, percentage, currency or other formatted numeric value to a pure number without formatting.

TO_PERCENT: Converts a provided number to a percentage.

TO_DOLLARS: Converts a provided number to a dollar value.

N: Returns the argument provided as a number.

Examples

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