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Microsoft KB Archive/107139

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Article ID: 107139

Article Last Modified on 10/10/2006


  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 98 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q107139

This article also applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 5.0|5.0
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 5.0c|5.0c
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows NT 5.0|5.0
  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh 5.0|5.0
  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh 5.0a|5.0a
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 95 7.0|7.0
  • Microsoft Excel for Windows 95 7.0a|7.0a


In the built-in date format in Microsoft Excel, only the first letter of the month is uppercase. If you want to make the entire month appear in uppercase letters, you can automate this process using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code, or you can use the UPPER() function in a Microsoft Excel 4.0 macro.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

This procedure takes a date in any number format, changes it to a text string in 'mmm' format, and then makes all the letters uppercase. For example, if a cell contained a date of January 1, 1993, in the format Jan- 93, it would be converted to JAN.

CAUTION: This procedure will delete the value representing the date.

To create and use this procedure, do the following:

  1. Type the following code in a Visual Basic module:

          Sub UpperMonth()
             Dim Cell As Object     'Declare the Cell variable.
             For Each Cell In Selection
                ' If the cell is blank or a text string, then
                ' skip to the next cell in the selection.
                If Cell.Value <> "" And Val(Cell.Value) > 0 Then
                   'Format the cell as text in a 'mmm' number format,
                   'and change it to uppercase.
                   Cell.Value = UCase(Format(Cell.Value, "mmm"))
                End If
          End Sub
  2. To run the above code, select any range of cells, click Macro on the Tools menu, select the UpperMonth macro, and click Run.

Microsoft Excel Version 4.0 Macro

You can use the UPPER() function to create a macro that will change the letters in a three-letter month abbreviation to uppercase, as in the following example:


where cell_ref is the cell that contains the date.


For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

163435 VBA: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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