# Convert Text into Date Format

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JBA Miller on 1 Mar 2021
Commented: Allen on 26 May 2021
Hi, I struggle a lot!
I want to convert the text 196307 into a date format that MATLAB recognizes as "July 1963".
How can I do that?
Allen on 26 May 2021
JBA,
If any of the suggested solutions were able to solve your problem please do not forget to accept the answer. This will help other people that are looking for a similar answer know what works. Otherwise perhaps you can include what problems you may still be running into with the provided solutions.
Thanks,
Allen

dpb on 1 Mar 2021
>> datetime('196307','InputFormat','yyyyMM')
ans =
datetime
01-Jul-1963
>>
or
>> datetime([floor(196307/100) 196307-floor(196307/100)*100 1])
ans =
datetime
01-Jul-1963
>>
Your choice depending upon whether you're starting with a string or a number.

Allen on 1 Mar 2021
Try the following:
% Code works with either a string or numerical input
str = '196307';
datestr(datenum(str,'yyyymm'),'mmmm yyyy')
num = 196307;
datestr(datenum(num,'yyyymm'),'mmmm yyyy')

Steven Lord on 1 Mar 2021
If you have a number:
x = 196307;
datetime(100*x+1, 'ConvertFrom', 'yyyymmdd')
ans = datetime
01-Jul-1963
If you have text:
y = string(x);
datetime(y, 'InputFormat', 'yyyyMM')
ans = datetime
01-Jul-1963
dpb on 1 Mar 2021
datetime(100*x+1, 'ConvertFrom', 'yyyymmdd')
Clever! +1

R2020a

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