*In this tutorial, you will find a variety of useful formulas to add and subtract dates in Excel, such as* *subtracting two dates, adding days, weeks, months and years to a date, and more.*

If you have been following our tutorial to working with dates in Excel, you already know an array of formulas to calculate different time units such as days, weeks, months and years.

When analyzing the date information in your worksheets, you are likely to perform some arithmetic operations with those dates too. This tutorial explains a few formulas for adding and subtracting dates in Excel that you may find useful.

## How to subtract dates in Excel

Supposing you have two dates in cells A2 and B2, and now you want to subtract one date from the other to know how many days are between these dates. As is often the case in Excel, the same result can be achieved in several ways.

#### Example 1. Subtract one date from the other directly

As you probably know, Microsoft Excel stores each date as a unique serial numbers beginning with 1 that represents January 1, 1900. So, you are actually subtracting two numbers, and an ordinary arithmetic operation works without a hitch:

`=B2-A2`

#### Example 2. Subtract dates using Excel DATEDIF function

If the above formula looks too plain, you can achieve the same result in a guru-like way by using Excel's DATEDIF function:

`=DATEDIF(A2, B2, "d")`

The following screenshot demonstrates that both calculations return identical results, except for row 4 where the DATEDIF function returns the #NUM error. Let's figure out why that happens.

When you subtract a more recent date (6-May-2015) from an earlier date (1-May-2015), the subtraction operation returns a negative number (-5) exactly as it should. The syntax of the Excel DATEDIF function, however, does not allow the **start date** to be greater than the **end date** and therefore it returns an error.

#### Example 3. Subtract a date from the current date

To subtract a date from today's date, you can employ either of the above formulas. Just use the TODAY() function instead of date 1:

`=TODAY()-A2`

or

`=DATEDIF(A2,TODAY(), "d")`

Like in the previous example, both formulas work fine when today's date is greater than the date you are subtracting from it, otherwise DATEDIF fails:

#### Example 4. Subtracting dates using the Excel DATE function

If you prefer to supply the dates directly in the formula, then enter each date using the DATE(year, month, day) function and then subtract one date from the other.

For instance, the following formula subtracts 15-May-2015 from 20-May-2015 and returns the difference of 5 days:

`=DATE(2015, 5, 20) - DATE(2015, 5, 15)`

Wrapping up, when it comes to subtracting dates in Excel and you want to find out **how many days are between two dates**, it makes sense to go with the easiest and most obvious option - simply subtract one date directly from another.

If you are looking to count the number of **months or years between two dates**, then the DATEDIF function is the only possible solution and you will find a few formula examples in the next article that will cover this function in full details.

Now that you know how to subtract two dates, let's see how you can add or subtract days, months, or years to a given date. There are a number of Excel functions suitable for this purpose, and which one you use depends on which unit you want to add or subtract.

## How to subtract or add days to date in Excel

If you have a date in some cell or a list of dates in a column, you can add or subtract a certain number of days to those dates using a corresponding arithmetic operation.

#### Example 1. Adding days to a date in Excel

The general formula to add a specified number of days to a date in as follows:

*Date*+

*N days*

The date can be entered in several ways:

- As a cell reference, e.g.
`=A2 + 10`

- Using the DATE(year, month, day) function, e.g.
`=DATE(2015, 5, 6) + 10`

- As a result of another function. For example, to add a given number of days to the
**current date**, use the TODAY() function:`=TODAY()+10`

The following screenshot demonstrates the above formulas in action. The current date at the moment of writing was 6 May, 2015:

**Note.**The result of the above formulas is a serial number representing the date. To get it displayed as a date, select the cell(s) and press Ctrl+1 to open the

*Format Cells*dialog. On the

*Number*tab, select

*Date*in the

*Category*list, and then choose the date format you want. For the detailed steps, please see How to change date format in Excel.

#### Example 2. Subtracting days from a date in Excel

To subtract a given number of days from a certain date, you perform a usual arithmetic operation again. The only difference from the previous example is that you type the minus sign instead of plus :)

*Date*-

*N days*

Here are a few formula examples:

`=A2 - 10`

`=DATE(2015, 5, 6) - 10`

`=TODAY() - 10`

## How to add or subtract weeks to date

In case you want to add or subtract whole weeks to a certain date, you can use the same formulas as for adding / subtracting days, and simply multiply the number of weeks by 7:

**Adding weeks** to a date in Excel:

*N weeks** 7

For example, you add 3 weeks to the date in A2, use the following formula: `=A2+3*7`

.

**Subtracting weeks** from date in Excel:

*N weeks** 7

To subtract 2 weeks from today's date, you write `=TODAY()-2*7`

.

## How to add / subtract months to date in Excel

If you want to add or subtract a certain number of whole months to a date, you can employ either the DATE or EDATE function, as demonstrated below.

#### Example 1. Add months to a date with Excel DATE function

Taking a list of dates in column A for example, type the number of dates you want to add (positive number) or subtract (negative number) in some cell, say C2.

Enter the following formula in cell B2 and then drag the corner of the cell all the way down to copy the formula to other cells:

`=DATE(YEAR(A2), MONTH(A2) + $C$2, DAY(A2))`

Now, let's see what the function is actually doing. The logic behind the formula is obvious and straightforward. The DATE(year, month, day) function takes the following arguments:

- the
**year**of the date in cell A2; - the
**month**of the date in A2 + the number of months you specified in cell C2, and - the
**day**of the date in A2.

Yep, it's that simple :) If you type a negative number in C2, the formula will subtract months instead of adding them:

Naturally, nothing prevents you from typing the minus sign directly in the formula to subtract months from a date:

`=DATE(YEAR(A2), MONTH(A2) - $C$2, DAY(A2))`

And of course, you can type the number of month to add or subtract in the formula instead of referring to a cell:

`=DATE(YEAR(`

*date*), MONTH(*date*) + *N months*, DAY(*date*))

The real formulas could look similar to these:

**Add**months to date:`=DATE(YEAR(A2), MONTH(A2) + 2, DAY(A2))`

**Subtract**months from date:`=DATE(YEAR(A2), MONTH(A2) - 2, DAY(A2))`

#### Example 2. Add or subtract months to a date with Excel EDATE

Microsoft Excel provides a special function that returns a date that is a specified number of months before or after the start date - the EDATE function. It is available in modern versions of Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and upcoming Excel 2016.

In your `EDATE(start_date, months)`

formulas, you supply the following 2 arguments:

**Start_date**- the start date from which to count the number of months.**Months**- the number of months to add (a positive value) or subtract (a negative value).

The following formula used on our column of dates yields exactly the same results as the DATE function in the previous example:

When using the EDATE function, you can also specify the start date and the number of month to add / subtract directly in the formula. Dates should be entered by using the DATE function or as results of other formulas. For example:

- To
**add**months in Excel:`=EDATE(DATE(2015,5,7), 10)`

The formula adds 10 months to 7-May-2015.

- To
**subtract**months in Excel:`=EDATE(TODAY(), -10)`

The formula subtracts 10 months from today's date.

**Note.**The Excel EDATE function returns a serial number representing the date. To force Excel to display it as a date, you should apply the

**Date**

**format**to the cells with your EDATE formulas. Please see Changing the date format in Excel for the detailed steps.

## How to subtract or add years to date in Excel

Adding years to a date in Excel is done similarly to adding months. You use the DATE(year, month, day) function again, but this time you specify how many years you want to add:

*date*) +

*N years*, MONTH(

*date*), DAY(

*date*))

In your Excel worksheet, the formulas may look as follows:

- To
**add**years to a date in Excel:`=DATE(YEAR(A2) + 5, MONTH(A2), DAY(A2))`

The formula adds 5 years to the date in cell A2.

- To
**subtract**years from a date in Excel:`=DATE(YEAR(A2) - 5, MONTH(A2), DAY(A2))`

The formula subtracts 5 years from the date in cell A2.

If you type the number of year to add (positive number) or subtract (negative number) in some cell and then refer to that cell in the DATE function, you will get a universal formula:

## Add / subtract days, months and years to date

If you carefully observed the two previous examples, I think you have already guessed how to add or subtract a combination of years, months and days to a date in a single formula. Yep, using the good old DATE function :)

To **add** years, months, days:

*date*) +

*X years*, MONTH(

*date*) +

*Y months*, DAY(

*date*) +

*Z days*)

To **subtract** years, months, days:

*date*) -

*X years*, MONTH(

*date*) -

*Y months*, DAY(

*date*) -

*Z days*)

For example, the following formula adds 2 years, 3 months and subtracts 15 days from a date in cell A2:

`=DATE(YEAR(A2) + 2, MONTH(A2) + 3, DAY(A2) - 15)`

Applied to our column of dates, the formula takes the following shape:

`=DATE(YEAR(A2) + $C$2, MONTH(A2) + $D$2, DAY(A2) + $E$2)`

## How to add and subtract times in Excel

In Microsoft Excel, you can add or subtract times using the **TIME** function. It lets you operate on time unites (hours, minutes and seconds) exactly in the same way as you handle years, months and days with the DATE function.

To **add** time in Excel:

*hours*,

*minutes*,

*seconds*)

To **subtract** time in Excel:

*hours*,

*minutes*,

*seconds*)

Where A2 contains the time value you want to change.

For example, to add 2 hours, 30 minutes and 15 seconds to the time in cell A2, you can use the following formula:

`=A2 + TIME(2, 30, 15)`

If you want to add and subtract time unites within one formula, just add the minus sign to the corresponding values:

`=A2 + TIME(2, 30, -15)`

The above formula adds 2 hours and 30 minutes to the time in cell A2 and subtracts 15 seconds.

Alternatively, you can enter the time unites you want to changes in some cells, and refer to those cells in your formula:

`=A2 + TIME($C$2, $D$2, $E$2)`

If the original cells contain both date and time, the above formula works perfectly too:

This is how you add and subtract dates in Excel. I am hopeful you have learned a couple of useful functions today. Anyway, I thank you for reading and hope to see you on our blog next week.

How to subtract two dates like

12/21/2015 - 8/15/1975

How to get the answer to be 40 Yrs and 4 Months

Hello, Bobby,

Please have a look at Jagadeesh's reply in comment 3.

Nice Article.

Hi

12/21/2015 8/15/1975

40-Yrs And 4-Months

=DATEDIF(E11,D11,"y")&"-Yrs"& " And " & DATEDIF(E11,D11,"ym")&"-Months"

May be helpful :

Interval-Meaning

m Months

d Days

y Years

ym Months Excluding Years

yd Days Excluding Years

md Days Excluding Years And Months

Thank you for your input, Jagadeesh!

Wow, thank you for sharing this. :)

Wow.... Wonderful. Thank u

HELLO, I try count between two date (10-12-1990 & 5-1-2016) by use datedif in many computer the result some computer true (25 year 0 month 30 day) and another computer the result false (25 year 0 month 143 day) why the day (143) I cant find the place changed properties in excel to get to same first result.

.....thank for answer me.

Hello, Salah,

The problem may be caused by the difference in Date formats. Please send us your formula to check.

Hello,

how do I determine the difference between 2 dates, and also show a "0" if the start date is greater than the end date

Hi Mechele,

You can use a simple IF formula, for example:

=IF(A1>B1, 0, B1-A1)

Where A1 is the start date and B1 is the end date.

In a similar manner, you can use the DATEDIF function to calculate the difference between two dates in days, weeks, months or years:

=IF(A1>B1, 0, DATEDIF())

My query Cell

A1 - 01-jan-2016, i want to make

B1 - 11-jan-2016,

C1 - 21-jan-2016

D1 - 31-Jan-2016,

E1 - 01-Feb-2016,

F1 - 11-Feb-2016,

G1 - 21-Feb-2016,

H1 - 28-Feb-2016,

I1 - 01-Mar-2016.........

Or

A1 - 01-jan-2016, i want to make

B1 - 11-jan-2016,

C1 - 21-jan-2016

D1 - 31-Jan-2016,

E1 - 11-Feb-2016,

F1 - 21-Feb-2016,

G1 - 28-Feb-2016,

H1 - 10-Mar-2016.......

Hello,

I have a long list of records each with a date. I would like to filter my list to only show recent records dated today or within the last 21 days. I cannot find a way to do this despite reading lots of suggestions for date formulas. Please can you help?

Thanks, Jules

Hi,

I have some issue to while calculating "FROM" "TO" example :

FROM 02/01/2016 11:14:13 AM

TO 05/01/2016 11:14:13 PM

How can I separate in above date

- How many Days

- How many Hrs.

- How many minutes

Thanks

You can follow below steps-

1. Formate cells- Select date formate as (MM/DD/YY TIME)(03/14/01 1:30PM) change for both cells.

2. Type below formula as it is-

=INT(B3-A3)&"Days,"& HOUR(B3-A3) &"hours,"&MINUTE(B3-A3)&"Minutes and"&SECOND(B3-A3)& D3"Second"

3.If your date is 1st Feb to 1st May then result as below-

From To Result

From To Result

2/1/16 11:14 AM 5/1/16 11:14 PM 90Days,12hours,0Minutes and0Second

4.And If your date is 2nd Jan to 5th Jan then result as below-

From To Result

1/2/16 11:14 AM 1/5/16 11:14 PM 3Days,12hours,0Minutes and0Second

Regards

Mangal

Hi Irfan,

The simplest format I can assume from what you specify is as follows:

Step 1 - Cell A1 type in the "From" date.

Step 2 - Cell B1 type in the "To" date.

Step 3 - Cell C1 type in the fomula "=B1-A1+1. We add one to include the start date. You will then get the number of days.

Step 4 - In Cell D1 enter the formula to multiply Cell C1 by 24 to get the hours.

Step 5 - In Cell E1 multiply Cell D1 by 60 to get the number of minutes.

Note - If you enter the date function in Cell B1 as "=NOW()" then you will get the live time set in excel. This will assist you in getting the calculation of days and minutes, in decimal point, if you wish to.

Regards,

Ramki

Hi Jules,

I assume that the data relating to dates must be a part of a greater data range. The solution to this is as follows:

Convert the data range to a Table using the Ctrl-T function. You will observe that all the column headings will have a drop-down filter. Click on the filter of the date column and select Date-filters - you will see a wide range of options. In excel 2013 there are 20 options with two more custom options.

I am sure that you will be able get the required results you need.

The specific requirement for this sort of filtering is the data in the date column should be entered in date format as per excel predefined formats.

Regards,

Ramki

How can I subtract in excel for below issue?

[d/m/y h:m AM/PM-d/m/y h:m AM/PM]and note that fri and sat will be excluded from the calculation

Is there a way to calculate the number of years between four dates? I want to calculate years of employee service where there was a lapse in employment:

Start date 8/22/2005, End date 8/13/2008 = x years PLUS Start date 7/1/2009, End date 1/19/2010 = TOTAL YEARS. I tried adding two dated ifs together but it didn't work EG: =DATEDIF(A1,A2,"Y")+(DATEDIF(B1,B2,"Y"). (Answer s/b 3 years) Thx!

Hello, Barbara,

DATEDIF(A1,A2,"Y") returns the number of complete years. In your case 2+0 is 2. To get the correct result you need to sum 2 intervals and count the number of complete years using DateDIf:

=DATEDIF(0,(A2-A1+B2-B1),"Y")

Hi,

I'm trying to create an If function that would evaluate a score, then based on that score value predict a future test date based off of the date the first test was taken. Here are two examples:

1.) TESTED: 1/1/2015 SCORE:>70 NEXT TEST:12 months from first date(1/1/2016) 2.) TESTED: 1/1/2015 SCORE:<70 NEXT TEST:6 months from first date(7/1/2016) Do you have any idea how to format this correctly? Every time I try, I end up with either an error, or the result of my text. Thanks!

Just like the comment 3 above i need to calculate the differences between dates to get a format like 2yrs, 3months, 5days, 7hrs and 25min

for example difference between 20/10/2014 9:34 and 13/12/2016 17:20.to get

2years, 1month, 23days, 16hrs, 14min.

Hello, Bola,

Please try this formula:

=IF(DATEDIF(A2,B2,"y")=0,"",DATEDIF(A2,B2,"y")&" years ")&IF(DATEDIF(A2,B2,"ym")=0,"",DATEDIF(A2,B2,"ym")&" months ")&IF(DATEDIF(A2,B2,"md")=0,"",DATEDIF(A2,B2,"md")&" days") &" " &TEXT(ABS(A2-B2), "h") & " hrs" &" " &TEXT(ABS(A2-B2), "mm:ss") & " min "

I need a formula to identify any help desk ticket created between today at 12:01am and a week ago at 12:01am.

So, in essence, I need to create a formula that says this:

(If Ticket_Opened_date is between (today at 12:01am - 7 days) and (today at 12:00am), "New", "Old").

The trouble is the part about it being at 12:01am and making sure the formula is dynamic so I don't have to recreate it each week. Note: Please trust me when I say I can't do it via the standard date filter options (so don't even bother suggesting that).

Can someone help?

Hello, Ruthie.

I think that the following formula should work for your task:

=IF(AND(D17>(NOW() - HOUR(NOW())/24 - MINUTE(NOW())/24/60 + 12/24 -7),D17>(NOW() - HOUR(NOW())/24 - MINUTE(NOW())/24/60 + 12/24 -7)), "New", "Old")

I want to add X number of days to the date is cell A2, showing the resulting date in cell B2. However, if I use =A2+1 (for example) to add one day to the date in A2, but no date has yet been entered in A2, then the display in B2 is "VALUE". Is there a way to not have that display, leaving B2 blank until a date is entered in A2, whereupon B2 would display the date according to the formula?

Hello, Rod.

Please try this formula:

=IF(NOT(ISBLANK(A2)), A2+1, "")

The formula "How to add / subtract months to date in Excel" have a gap with date 29

If I add 1 month from 29/01/2016 to 29/01/2017, the month of February gone missing.

I manually solve the question, but needed to go deeply. THANK YOU.

Joining Date last date Previous Experience Total Year Experience Grand Total Experience

25-May-14 1-Jan-16 5 years 3 months 1 years, 7 months, 7 days

7-Oct-14 31-Mar-16 4 years 2 months 1 years, 5 months, 24 days

21-Jan-15 24-Mar-16 3 years 9 months 1 years, 2 months, 3 days

please help how to add Previous Experience to Total year experience....

Sorry, it's hard to think about ways of getting data without seeing your table. If the "Previous Experience" column has a string value, you can try the following:

To get the number of years and months from Previous Experience you can use formulas like these:

=LEFT(D3, SEARCH(" ", D3, 1)) - for years

=MID(D3, SEARCH("years", D3, 1)+5, SEARCH("months", D3, 1) - (SEARCH("years", D3, 1)+ 5)) - for months

If the "Total Year Experience" column is countable, add the results to the formula for this column.

how can I do in one excel box to show a week like

Jan 01, 2016 to Jan 07, 2016

Jan 08, 2016 to Jan 14, 2016

and so on

I can do manually but I want to do it in a formula.

Thanks

Hi guys,

Please advise on below

how to modify the next formula formulation for the following:

If= required date less than 5 weeks,"check","no check)

hi

i need to add or subtract time using now() function and entered value in time format only

4/19/2016 9:06 5:05:00 PM 42478.67

when tried I am getting the above value please help

How do i get a a cell to show a specific day before a specified date.

I need a cell to show the Thursday before any specified date.

IE cell C2 needs to show the date for the Thursday before the date in cell D2

Thanks

Ash

suppose you have date in D2 then you can put the formula in C2

=text(D2,"dddd")

help-

"d" - only date will come

"dd"- only date will come

"ddd"- Mon, Sun. wed

"dddd" - Monday, Tuesday, saturday

Thanks Samantha, that's not quite what I mean though.

Say I have today's date (24/04/2016) in cell D2, I need cell C2 to tell me the date for Thursday last week (21/04/2016) but also if I have say tomorrow or Wednesdays date in D2 I still need it to return the previous Thursday (21/04/2016)

Hope that makes sense

I am trying to add up hours worked in a month.

Cells are custom formatted: [hh]:mm

I used the formula D5=Text(C5-B5, :hh:mm") to get the hours worked on a particular day.

Then I use =sum(D5:D35) to get the month total but the result is 00:00.

How do I get this column to add up

Many thanks

It's a very useful site.

What if I want to know the number of employees given the hired date and end of contract?

Need some help please and thanks in advanced.

if I have a date in a cell 08/10/2016 and in the cell to the left of it I like the this date less a month.

eg from 08/10/2016 to now read 08/09/2016

thanks again guy's

Hi

Need help to get formula for calculating overall experience. Ex, my previous experience is 3.6 years. My current experience started from 06-June-2012(this exp is calculated using dated if). How to calculate the exact total years of experience in excel(previous number + current)?

Thanks to help.

Hi,

I am trying to create a formula that can take a date in cell A1 and add months from A2 and give me a date in A3.

The problem is I need to be able to change A1 or A2 without changing the formula and I want to copy this to about 600 cells.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Hey. I have been trying to calculate the hours spent working on a task, excluding daily breaks of 1:30.

I also do not want to count non working hours. The day starts at 09:00, a break from 13:00-14:00, finishing at 17:00. Some of the tasks may take three days and even span over a (non working) weekend. Cheers.

START, FINISH , TIME_ON_TASK??

05-Apr-16 9:00, 06-Apr-16 14:00 =??:?? hours worked on task.

05-Apr-16 9:00, 05-Apr-16 17:00

06-Apr-16 11:00, 06-Apr-16 13:00

05-Apr-16 0:00, 05-Apr-16 0:00

05-Apr-16 0:00, 05-Apr-16 0:00

05-Apr-16 0:00, 05-Apr-16 0:00

Hi, I'm trying to organize a schedule for work.

My sheet is set up so that the person creating the schedule (usually me) enters the Month in a cell, and the week number in another cell (Week number of the year, but could be of the month if it's simpler).

Once these two fields are entered, I'd like a group of cells to be updated with the dates.

For example:

Week Number: 22

Month: June

30 31 1 2 3 4 5

I haven't found any information on how to accomplish this.

If I have no date can I return a blank cell?

=IFERROR(MONTH(BA5),"") IS RETURNING 1

Hi Dan,

Just use IF instead of IFERROR:

=IF(BA5="","", MONTH(BA5))

Thanks Svetlana, im new to this!

hi,

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

i want to split day and date so how to possible ?

Hello Hiren,

If your original values are dates, you can use the following formulas:

To extract the day of the week: =TEXT(A2, "dddd")

To extract the date: =TEXT(A2, "mmmm dd, yyyy")

If your original values are text strings, then use these ones:

To extract the day of the week: =LEFT(A2, FIND(",", A2)-1)

To extract the date: =RIGHT(A2, LEN(A2)-FIND(",", A2)-1)

I want to calculate how many years is remaining or expired for the lifetime of equipment from the actual date.

Thanks

In service Life Calc end

date Time date

14-Feb-05 15 11/Feb/20

14-Feb-05 15 11/Feb/20

10-May-03 10 07/May/13

10

22-Jul-12 10 20/Jul/22

10

22-Jul-12 10 20/Jul/22

10-May-03 15 06/May/18

Great information, exactly what I was looking for!

subtract 5/13/2016 1:20:39 AM- 5/13/2016 12:00:00 AM

to find out result in hh:mm:ss

Hi,

I have added 12 months to a date in column E4, but if there is not a date to add to (E4 is blank) then the date shows 31/12/1900. How do I make the cell blank rather than 31/12/1900? I'm having trouble adding an IFBLANK function to the below formula. Thanks :)

=EDATE(E4,12)

I'm trying to develop a spreadsheet of pregnant patients, and I need a formula to calculate today's gestational age from due date. The output would be something like "35 2/7", meaning 35 weeks and 2 days gestation. Here's the Google Sheets formula that does not work in Excel:

=ArrayFormula(if(A1:A,int((280-(A1:A-today()))/7)&ʺ ʺ&mod(280-(A1:A-today()),7)&ʺ/7ʺ,iferror(1/0)))

I am looking for a similar calculation as SElizabeth. What I need is a gestational age calculated from a specific due date on a specific date. All I can locate is a formula that gives a calculation based on todays date...which of course will change the resulting value each day. I need for the result to be a fixed value.

The formula I have is: =FLOOR(279-(K2-TODAY()),7)/7&" weeks "&MOD(279-(K2-TODAY()),7)&" days"

The K2 value is clients due date. When I try to substitute the TODAY value for a cell that contains the date I want this to calculate off of, I get an error.

I don't understand excel at all...so I am stuck!

Any ideas?

Thanks

I need to calculate no of appointments today basing on date from 1) Data Sheet to dash boadrd

Prabhakar T Total Number of Meetings the day 3-Jul-16 from data sheet containing the date

Hi! Is it possible to do math with dates which are formatted 3.4.2016? So separated with dots in other words.

Hi Lauri,

Nope. Excel perceives such dates as text strings and therefore you need to convert them to dates first. For example, you can use the Replace All feature to replace all dots with slashes (/). Please see How to convert text strings with custom delimiters to dates for the detailed instructions.

I am trying to subtract two dates to get a calculated time between the dates in MM:dd:hh:mm format to see how long it takes to resolve an ticket. Example:

Start Date: 05/01/2016 13:24

End Date: 05/17/2016 18:04

Should end up with 00:16:04:40, but it comes out as 01:16:04:40, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to make that month be 00 and be more accurate.

I have found several articles that use the ability to manipulate the month itself, but doesn't describe how to subtract two dates AND round down on the month to show the accurate time between the two dates. Any help here would save what hair I have left. Thanks.

Hi Sandy,

You can use DATEDIF to get the number of complete months between 2 dates, and then concatenate the results of several functions in 1 formula:

=DATEDIF(A1,A2,"m") & ":" & DATEDIF(A1,A2,"d") & ":" & TEXT(TIME(HOUR(A2), MINUTE(A2), SECOND(A2)) - TIME(HOUR(A1), MINUTE(A1), SECOND(A1)), "hh:mm")

Where A1 is the start date, and A2 is the end date.

The drawback of this approach is that the result is a text string and you won't be able to use it in other calculations.

Yes that's the problem. I do need to be able to add the results of this together to get a total time spent on a ticket. Any other ideas?

Sorry, I have no other idea. To my best knowledge, none of the Excel functions or formats can display a zero month or day.

As a workaround, you can use 1 column to present the time difference in an easy-to-understand way (DATEDIF formula). And in another column, calculate the time difference with a simple formula like =A2-A1, and display it in hours and minutes [hh]:mm. And then, use that second column to get the total time.

hi please help me, i used =IF(AG2<(TODAY()+2),"DELIVERY DATE",IF(AG2<(TODAY()-1),"DONE","ON GOING")) formula but the result "done" doesn,t work.

if AG3 is 2 days before delivery date the result is "delivery date" if after delivery date the result is "done" when AG3 has no date the result is "no supplier delivery date" otherwise "on going"

Hi there...Hope you can help me with the following.

I want to add a date to a cell. Then in a different cell i want it to work out 6 months from the date in the first cell. IF the date then goes pass our current date, i want it to show red or say expired.

Hi Lorien,

Supposing you add the first date to A1. Then you can enter the following formula, say in B1, to add 6 months to the first date:

=EOMONTH(A1, 6)

And then, you can create a conditional formatting rule with the below formula to highlight the date in B1 with the red color when it goes past the current date:

=$B1<TODAY()

For the detailed instructions, please see How to conditionally format dates and time in Excel.

I got a date 12 Feb in Excel column and I want to add the year so it can be 12/02/2016 ?

Supposing I have a ranges of cells comprising of due dates that fall on weekends, holidays and weekdays. Whenever a due dates fall on holidays or weekends, transactions would commence on the next following working day. I used IF, OR, WORKDAY, and WEEKDAY functions but i found it very difficult to suppress due date that falls on weekdays (not a holiday) from incrementing by one(1)day. I am formulating a formula that would address all of the records at the same time. Hoping for your assistance.

Hello,

I am trying to subtract date/time but not getting accurate result. Please help me with it.

7/15/2016 10:30

7/16/2016 14:00

How to find the result from above given date/time?

Thanks,

Ravi

I'm attempting to create a conditional format that will cause a cell that has a future date in it, to be flagged yellow when that date is 90 days away.

well explained indeed.

Thanks a lot

How can i subtract 2 Y 11 M 12 D from 39 y 1 M 30 D

I need to get the date difference in the this format (years, months and days). Can anyone help me??

i m using a formula in excel =IF(DATEDIF(E7,H7,"D")>0,DATEDIF(E7,H7,"D"),"expired")

in this i want to add +1 to day in DATEDIF(E7,H7,"D") (i.e) i want the day next to the calculated date . it is possible? if so how , thanks in advance

how to do formula to deduct

A.) (7 yrs, 7 months) - (6 yrs, 5 months) = Answer (formula??)

B.) (8 yrs, 2 months) - (9 yrs, 1 months) = Answer (formula??)

formula for

A.) the difference between three nos.

compare 1st assessment to 2nd assessment

compare 2nd assessment to 3rd assessment

example.

1st assessment result is 20

2nd assessment result is 18

3rd assessment result is 25

many thanks in advance for your help!!!

I have a date derived (via formula) in a cell say A2 and I want to have a new date in cell B2 by adding 2 to Cell A2.

best part.. In one excel sheet I am able to derive it, but on another sheet I am not :(

Not sure whats the issue. Please help.

Thanks,

Manish

HI,,,

Hope you doing well in the best of health. I really like the page, which is much helpfull. I need help please guide me.

I am doing job at college and we deal majority student matters.

if a student deposit his/her fee after due date, and due date is e.g 25-09-2016 and deposit date is 27-10-2016. each day after due date will b charge as fine Rs. 100. how i will do it with formula........please help

Hi Naveed,

Assuming the due date is in A2, and the actual payment date in B2, and the fine is 100 per day, you can calculate the fine amount with this formula:

=IF(B2>A2, (B2-A2)*100, 0)

If necessary, you can add the fine to the original amount, which is, say, in cell C2:

=IF(B2>A2, (B2-A2)*100+C2, C2)

Hi all,

Following this thread and trying to create a list in Column A to reflect a weekly schedule with the value in A3 being the baseline and incrementing A4, A5, etc... by 7 days, simple stuff based on this site... so I thought... ;)

Desired results

Cell A3 - 1/10/2017

Cell A4 - 1/17/2017

Cell A5 - 1/24/2017

etc...

Current configuration

Cell A3

- Format: Date (3-14-2012 from Date format Type list)

- Current value: 1/10/2017

Cell K1

- Format: Number

- Current value: 7

Cell A4

- Format: Date (3-14-2012 from Date format Type list)

- Formula: =DATE(YEAR(A3),MONTH(A3),DAY(A3)+$K$1)

- Resultant value: #VALUE!

Investigation

I'm on Office2016 64-bit on a WINDOWS7 64-bit, i7 CPU/16GB RAM

If I go to Cell A3 and "drag down" to A4 the date increments to 1/10/2018 so it seems as though it is recognized as a date...

Looking at the Function bar dialog box when you click on "fx" it shows:

/snip

DATE

Year: YEAR(A3) = #VALUE!

Month: MONTH(A3) = #VALUE!

Day: DAY(A3)+$K$1 = #VALUE!

Formula result =

/snip

I then look at "Evaluate formula" and get (CY2017 is the tab name):

/snip

Reference Evaluation

'CY2017'!$A$4 = DATE(YEAR("1-10-2017"),MONTH(A3),DAY(A3)+$K$1)

The next evaluation will result in an error.

/snip

No change if I modify Date "type" format or change "/" to "-"...

Questions

Why would the date not format to 1-10-2016 per the selected Date format?

- I went to a blank cell and modified the cell format to the same as above, when I then enter 1/10/17 it changes to 2001-10-17... huh??

Appreciate any insight, thanks.

--

Dave

OK, all I can say is WOW... :) I got this to work but it seems to me to have been MUCH more complicated than need be...

Additional/changed config (from previous post)

Cell J1

- Format: Date (*2012-03-14)

- Current value: 2017-01-10

Cell A3

- Format: Date (3-14-2012)

- Formula: =DATE(YEAR(J1),MONTH(J1),DAY(J1)+0)

- Resultant value: 1-10-2017

Cell A4

- Format: Date (3-14-2012)

- Formula: =DATE(YEAR(A3),MONTH(A3,DAY(A3)+$K$1)

- Resultant value: 1-17-2017

I then drag A4 down to fill out the rest of the year and it works.

Really feels like this was way more complicated than need be, thoughts?

--

Dave

I can not for the life of me figure out how to do this!

I want to track how long staff spend on task.

They put the date & time started and the date & time they finish.

I need to get the total hours & minuted (hh:mm)working.

Deduct :30 for break and 1:00 for lunch. Then if the start and finish is greater than a day, subtract the 15 hours (overnight)

H1[START] = 24/11/2016 09:45

I1[FINISH] = 25/11/2016 08:35

J1=[TIMEWORKED] ??? (hh:mm)

Work day is from 06:00 - 15:00

Break from 09:00 - 09:30

Lunch from 11:00 - 12:00

I need to do this macro free. I have been trying to sold this for ages. Looked all over the internet. What I have established is that I need to show the times as general formatting do the calculations and then display the result as hh:mm. My head aches trying to resolve the calculations though.

Any help, ideas, advice??

Cheers

Steve

Hi i am trying to work out days elapsed on a task

Start Date - Completed date (this is easy) but if the item is not closed and no date is entered i want Todays date to be default

Please help

Hello,

I am trying to calculate a result in where I can determine an expiration date of a specific date within 1 month.

Example- Start Date is 2/17/2016 and End date is 02/16/2017. I would like to create a formula that will be able to tell me when the end date expires

1 month before.

Is that possible and how can I use the Edate and Today formula to get that calculation?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Melissa I

I need urgent help ..

i need to add (N) number of days to costume date ( DD/MM/YYYY) with excluding Friday and calculate Thursday as half day .

Meaning :

operation take 23 days

today date : 1/1/2017

Friday is off and Thursday half day working ..

i want to know the date when operation end .

any help

Is there a way to have a date in A1 through E1 but then in F1 through H1 have the date be a week later? Basically I want a pattern of every 5 columns to have a date and the following 4 column have a week later and continue that 5,4 pattern?

Hello, I need help with a simple understanding manual formula because i can not use excel to get the answer to the following: 3 years 5 months 40 days + 4 years 8 months 15 days - 10 years 15 months 40 days

How would i get the answer using paper?

Thanks for your help and would greatly appreciative!

Pls tel me the formula to get

06-01-17

06-02-17

06-03-17

Hi, how do I subtract 3 months from an end date given and the result must be the month end date instead beginning of the month?

For example:

3 months prior to due date Due date

31/10/2017(I must get this result) 31-Jan-18

01/10/2017(this result must be 30/09/17) 31-Dec-17

30/08/2017(this result must be 31/08/17) 30-Nov-17

(Formula =DATE(YEAR(M36), MONTH(M36) - 3, DAY(M36))

I want to take hire date and do evaluation at 3 months, 6 months and 9 months. I entered the hire date in b2 and want the values in c2, e2, and g2. I used the formula of 10/5/2016 as date in b2 with =sum($b2)+90)) to get the 30 day,=sum($b2)+180))for 6 months, =sum($b2)+270))for 9 months.

Now in column d2, f2 and h2, I want it to highlight the cell red if date in c2 is more than days overdue and yellow if date is between 1 and 5 days until due. If evaluation is done or if evaluation is more than week from due, cell remains white background.

How do I get it to subtract the due date from today's date and set the cell to change colors?

In gregorian date if we mention date as 1/13/15 then it can show as 13.01.2015 and while applying Filter it will show us years 2015 2014 2013, by selecting the year we will have months then dates... same way I wish to have for Hijri (Arabic) dates as by typing 2/20/38 it shall show as 20.02.1438 and by applying Filter it should show 1438 1437 1436, then by selecting year it should show months then dates.... Please advise

That is not what I'm asking. I have a spreadsheet with hire date, 3 month eval, 6 month eval, and 9 month eval. I want to take today's date and subtract it from the due date. If it is more than 5 days, I want the cell to turn red. If it is 5 days or less, I want the cell to turn yellow. Anything over 5 days will not change.

I am using the formula

=I2-TODAY()

That gives me a number value, but I cannot get it to change to date.

Hi,

I need to add the number delivery days to an part that to find wne it will be return to us.

For expample: A part was sent to supplier in January, return time from supplier is 6 month to return ie 180 days. This means I will have the part in warehouse in July.

Can I have a formula for this... i have 1000+ part with different return date.

Thanks.

Riya

Dear all,

Hope you can help me with a formula in Excel 2010.

If K:K is the letter "S" it must add 7 days to the date entered in I:I

For Example

S = 21-Jan-17 + 7 days > Entered in L:L as 18-Jan-17

Please help me. :(

Dear all,

Hope you can help me with a formula in Excel 2010.

If K:K is the letter "S" it must add 7 days to the date entered in I:I

For Example

S = 21-Jan-17 + 7 days > Entered in L:L as 28-Jan-17

Please help me. :(

how to do a programed yearly calaendar?

Hi,

How do I get the below in excel,

suppose I have a date in A1 as 01/25/2017 13:00 and in B1 I have time to be added as 56:15 (56 hours and 15 mins), i have to add these hours and mins to A1 and get the result as 01/27/2016 21:15

I want to add hours to date & time

Hi!

I'm using the following formula: =DATEDIF(C6,D6,"d") to calculate the difference between days. Works well. However, when the date is the same in both cells, is there a way for me to add "1" to show a calculated answer of 1 in the final field? (Trying to account for number of days traveled in a month and, although it's the same day, it should still count as 1 day.)

Thanks!

Andi

I want to subtract number of year from Date 01-Nov-17 and 34 year

Hi,

I have a list of dates (column I) which show when training was completed. In column J I have my formula for adding 1 year to the date in column I for when the training is to be renewed. In some of column I i don't yet have a date, in column J this comes up as 31-Dec-00 as there is no data inputted in column I. Can i add something to my formula to say if the cell in column I is empty then for the cell in column J to stay blank?

The formula i'm using in column J is: =DATE(YEAR(I2)+1,MONTH(I2),DAY(I2))

Thanks

Lauren

Well after googling several add month solutions it appears that the 2 solutions actually do not work as I would expect them.

How do you actually get the last day of the month based on the last day of the previous month ?

If I add 1 month for example to the last day of September 2015 i.e:

A1=date(2015,09,30) := 2015-09-30

A2=date(year(A1),month(A1)+1,day(A1)) := 2015-10-30

This is 1 day before the last day of October 2015.

So it isn't adding 1 month but 1 month minus 1 day.

I was expecting to get as a result: 2015-10-31

Same result using EDATE

A1=date(2015,09,30) := 2015-09-30

A2=EDATE(A1,1) := 2015-10-30

The only way I found to get this to work i.e: get the date of the last day of the month based on previous last day of the month is:

A1=date(2015,09,30) := 2015-09-30

A2=DATE(YEAR(A1+1),MONTH(A1+1)+1,DAY(A1+1))-1 := 2015-10-31

The EOMONTH formula will return the last day of the month, and you can specify how many months before or after your original date. e.g. if your original date is in cell A1, =EOMONTH(A1,3) will return the last day of the month three months later. I hope that helps.

07-Mar-2017 2:29:45 PM

if you possible to add one cell

I need a formula to calculate a date with a number if that number is greater than 0.

4/27/2016 | 73 | __________

7/14/16 | 0 | __________

I tried using SUMIF but no luck. Is this possible?

Hi I need a formula to know the number of days a project is delayed

Ex.

No. of day required days = 7 days

Start date = March 20, 2017

End date = March 24, 2017

What formula can I use to reflect no. of days a project is advanced or delayed. Excluding Sat Sun and holidays

Hi Ron,

Let's say that start day is in A1, end date is in B1.

First of all, you need to count the number of working days between your dates in C1:

=NETWORKDAYS(A1,B1)

You can find out how to exclude weekends and holidays here.

Then, depending on how you want the result to return:

a) if as a text in D1, enter the next formula there:

=IF(C1<=7,"Advanced","Delayed")

b) if you want to fill C with a colour, create formatting rules using formulas:

=AND($C1<=7,$C1<>"") (green colour for advanced)

and

=AND($C1>7,$C1<>"") (red, meaning delayed)

Apply the formatting for =$C:$C column.

Hope it helps!

Thank you for a very interesting article and website.

If I put 3/31/2017 in A1, the formula =DATE(YEAR(A1),MONTH(A1)+1,DAY(A1))in B1, and the formula =EDATE(A1,1)in C1, I get 5/1/2017 for B1 and 4/30/2017 for C1.

I was expecting the same result for each formula.

Why is there a difference when both formulas are supposed to yield the same, namely one month from 3/31/2017?

What am I missing?

Hi, James,

it is a very interesting notice! DATE and EDATE functions treat the months in slightly different ways. EDATE adjusts the results by adding a whole month (but since April consists of 30 days, its last day is shown). DATE, in its turn, adds the same number of days, but the 31st day is treated by the function as the 1st day of the next month. Please, look at the example below to get a clear understanding.

i have calculated the experience of employees like form 1/1/1998 to 25/9/2000

answer is 2 years, 0 months, 24 days and second form 1/11/2000 to 31-12-2002 answer is 2 years, 0 months, 30 days and third form 5/4/2003 to 08-01-2007 answer is 3 years, 0 months, 04 days now i want to calculate the three answers in a manner to 07 years, 01 month, 28 days.

How could i am able to calculate it with the help of formula

thanks

Best Regards

Shahid Zaheer Meo

I NEED TO SHOW CORRECT MONTHS TO DETERMINE TAX EG. START DATE 1/APR/17 END DATE IS 31/MAR/18, IF I HAVE A DATE 4/June/18 or 5/Nov/18 how can i have to arrive at 12 months from start date. what formula I have to use to get correct months.

hELLO,

How to calculate the how many days left?

If my campaign start Date 4/29/2017 and ends at 11/14/2017.

How can i calculate that how many days left to ends this campaign?

where Strat Date on cell B2 and Ends Date At cell D2 i have to calculate E2

Hi I am trying to calculate the difference between two numbers represented as years and months. ie What is the difference between 7 years and 2 months and 5 years and 10 months?

how to add dates on excel?. I created a table containing data of daily sales with a date above on it but i can't filter each date since it never appears in filter

Trying to estimate approximate production dates from the following data:

1st Unit, serial 1701, produced on 01/July/1931

165th Unit, serial 1866, produced on 01/July/1935

Average .793 unit made per week

How can I calculate the rough production date in DD/MM/YYYY format for each of the 165 units?

Formula to be copied/pasted in existing excel sheet.

Thanks in advance!!!

Patrick