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My formulas is

="Start Date: " & VLOOKUP('Project Information'!$C$4,Sheet1!A285:T285,19,0) & "
End Date: " & VLOOKUP('Project Information'!$C$4,Sheet1!A285:T285,20,0)

The results I want are Start Date: MMM-DD-YYYY End Date: MMM-DD-YYYY

What I am getting is: Start Date: 41537.7083333333 End Date: 41537.7083333333

So excel is give me the numeric values of the date instead of the formatted date. I tried to format the cell as date, but as I expected that didn't work because the cell also has text in it.

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