How to Set Locale in Microsoft Excel

In Brief...

If you need your workbook to be available to an international audience, follow these steps for displaying data in a different international format in Excel.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. From the Home tab, select Format in the Cells group and then select Format Cells.
    Format Cells

  2. Select Date or Time from the Category list.
    Category List

  3. From the Locale drop-down list, select a location and click OK.
    Locale Drop-down List

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