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I knew what was happening, just didn't know how to fix it. Treating it as text works great.

Gene wrote: If you use this in a cell that you want to use as a source for other "date-based" calculations, it will not work properly.

Yep, that's why I was trying to copy it to a "reference" cell to just create the concatenation. But as suggested by tamhas, using the text formula in the concatenation works perfect and I don't need a reference cell and still leave the actual date cell totally as a date in a format that makes sense to me. As opposed to the "yymmdd" format.

Thanks for all the help and education.

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