Convert date field into text in Excel

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I have an Excel file which has a column formatted as date in the format dd-mm-YYYY.

I need to convert that field to text. If I change the field type excel converts it to a strange value (like 40603).

I tried the text function but it gives me Error 508.

Any help?

Practice As Follows

You don’t need to convert the original entry – you can use TEXT function in the concatenation formula, e.g. with date in A1 use a formula like this

="Today is "&TEXT(A1,"dd-mm-yyyy")

You can change the “dd-mm-yyyy” part as required

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