Make excel recognize foreign date format

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QUESTION :

I am trying to import a text file (tab-separated columns) into excel. The log file uses MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS,mmmm (where mmmm is milliseconds), which excel treats as string.

How can I get excel to recognize it as a date, so I can sue it as X axis for charts, reformat it etc?

(System is W7 Ultimate set to use an English/US UI, Excel is German)

ANSWER :

You can add a new column after import and then convert the strings into an Excel datetimes with:

=DATE((MID(A1,7,4)),(MID(A1,1,2)),(MID(A1,4,2)))
 +TIME(MID(A1,12,2),MID(A1,15,2),MID(A1,18,2))

You can also add the fractional part if you need that resolution with:

=DATE((MID(A1,7,4)),(MID(A1,1,2)),(MID(A1,4,2)))
 +TIME(MID(A1,12,2),MID(A1,15,2),MID(A1,18,2))
 +VALUE(MID(A1,21,4))/(86400*10000)

These examples assume your string is in cell A1.

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