Can i have a fromular read a text cell as a date?


I have a stock sheet.

Rows are the stock items.

I have 10 columns that represent orders coming in. i have a due date at the top of each column (treated as text) with the quantity of each the items below.

I want to build a Sum IF formula to work out how much stock is coming in 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks.

Since I’m referencing a text cell against the current date it doesn’t work. If I make a separate date column for each order column my sheet is going to get very messy along with my formula. I don’t want to start going down this path unless I have to.

Very basic caulculaing required. once i can read the text date as a date.


  • Andrée Starå
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    Hi Jason,

    Can you describe your process in more detail and maybe share the sheet(s)/copies of the sheet(s) or some screenshots? (Delete/replace any confidential/sensitive information before sharing) That would make it easier to help. (share too,

    I hope that helps!

    Be safe and have a fantastic week!


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  • Jason Clark

    Thanks Andree

    I have sheared a copy of the sheet with you. Screen shot below.

    I want to sum the quantity on order if the date is with in 30, 60, and 90 days.

    This will give me 3 month figures. So I can work out if we are going to run out of stock.

    Thanks heaps, I look forward to your feedback.

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