This article will explain to you how to change the default Date format by your custom display.
How is displayed a date in Excel?
By default, when you insert a date in a cell, the default delimiter between the day, the month and the year it's the slash. And this, even if you write your date with dashes.
Excel automatically replaces the dashes with slashes 🤔
Change the default Date format
If you want to customize the default display, you must change a Windows setting.
Step 1: Open the Regional setting
To open the Regional setting quickly, you write the command line intl.cpl in the Windows Search box
And there, you have the following dialog box with the default date format.
Step 2: Select another date format
When you press on the drop-down button, you display other date formats but the number of choices is limited 😕
Step 3: Change the default date format
To change the default date format, you must click on the button Additional Settings
Step 4: Create your custom date format
- Select the Date tab
- Change the custom date format (here dd-MM-yyyy)
The code of your custom date follow the standard rules of date format in Excel
And without restarting Excel, neither your computer, all the dates format in your worksheets has the dash for date delimiter 😉
When you change the setting of the date format of Windows, ALL THE DATES of your computer are impacted.
As you can see, after changing the default date format, the format of the date in the taskbar has changed too.