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When I run the script to duplicate sheets with a date is give the tab a long date name Thu Oct 18 2018 00:00:00 GMT-0400 (EDT). I would like it to read in a 10/18/18 format.

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Use Utilities.formatDate. Example from the link:

// This formats the date as Greenwich Mean Time in the format
// year-month-dateThour-minute-second.
var formattedDate = Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "GMT", "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss'Z'");
Logger.log(formattedDate);
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Ruben is correct but to give you the exact format based on your question you would do:

Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "EST", "MM-dd-yy");

Make a note that new Date() is replaced with your variable. By default that pulls the current date and time, if you have a date value that you want to convert that is where it goes.

Timezones will matter as well:

GMT = Greenwich mean time
EST = Eastern Standard time
PST = Pacific Standard time
PDT = Pacific Dayligt time
and others...

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