I have a Google spreadsheet file and I need to convert the date column from this format: Sun, May 4, 2014 4:30PM to this format: mm/dd/yyyy. Basically, I need the date to be in a simple format and take out the “day” and “time”.

How can I do this?

Here is the link to the spreadsheet:


  • The Sheet linked doesn't have its permissions set correctly. I can't access it. – AccioBooks Jan 30 '16 at 2:34
  • Does "the date column" actually contains dates, or just text? Impossible to tell since the spreadsheet isn't shared. – user79865 Jan 30 '16 at 5:29
  • The date column has text in it. I just updated the link if you need to view it. – Vee Feb 1 '16 at 1:34

This will fix it for you:


you could also transform to remove the additional time parameter at the end with this:

=text(regexreplace(regexreplace("timestamp","^\w{3}, ",""), ", \d+:\d+\w+",""),"MM/DD/YYYY")

OR if your data consistently is formatted the way you did in your examples (with the commas present) you can simply do this:

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  • Hi Aurielle, the formula is perfect! Thanks a bunch! :) – Vee Jan 30 '16 at 3:18
  • follow up question please (I dont quite understand how the formula works), what if the date is in this format: Wed, Mar 4, 9:00AM and again I want it to be "MM/DD/YYYY", how should I modify the formula? – Vee Jan 30 '16 at 3:24
  • @Vee I updated my answers up top for you – Aurielle Perlmann Jan 30 '16 at 5:08

You can use "Custom Date Formatting" to obtain mm/dd/yyyy format; however this requires the datetimes to be entered as datetimes — not as strings of text that look like date and time.

Usually, the difference is clear because under default formatting, datetimes are right-aligned while text is left-aligned.

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  • Hi AccioBooks, thanks for the help. I actually tried that but it didn't work. – Vee Jan 30 '16 at 3:19
  • @Vee Oh, sorry. – AccioBooks Jan 30 '16 at 3:20
  • I expanded your answer; otherwise it would likely be deleted after Low Quality Posts review. "This link might help you: [link]" is never a good answer. – user79865 Jan 30 '16 at 21:57
  • @LiveForever Sorry. I probably should have put it as a comment. – AccioBooks Jan 30 '16 at 21:59

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