Updated: March 21, 2023
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by Anton Khomyk
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I need to have a date stop changing from, for example, January 2022 to Jan-22. Note sure how to do so.

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What device do you want the date to stop changing at?

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An HP Elitebook.
But it seems like it is a function of excel that automatically requires a certain date setting that they provide to choose from and I need to re-create a report verbatim that they have "January 2022" and so on as their dates.

Ah, okay, so the root of the problem is in Excel, right?


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It happened on my Dell as well

To stop cell date changing please follow these steps:

  1. Click on the cell you wish to lock.
  2. To open the Format Cells pop-up window, navigate to the "Home" tab in your Excel
  3. To do so, select "Format" from the right-hand menu.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select "Lock Cell."
    Or you meant the whole document in Excel?
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I just need to lock 12 cells.
But it did not seem to work.

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Have you tried to lock every cell or everything at once?

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I locked the cell, but it seems like locking only disables outside edits into specific cells. It doesn't seem like it makes them resistant to automated changes within excel.
I think I got it.

Okay, keep me posted if something goes wrong.

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Will do.
Good, was able to get it.
We can go ahead and close it out.

I was glad to help! Do you have any additional tech-related questions?

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Nothing as of now, appreciate your help!

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