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## DATE function: Description, Usage, Syntax, Examples and Explanation

What is DATE function in Excel? DATE function is one of Date and Time functions in Microsoft Office Excel that when you need to take three separate values and combine them to form a date. Note: Microsoft Excel DATE function returns the serial date value for a date. Syntax of DATE function The syntax for the DATE function in Microsoft Excel is: DATE( year,…

## How to generate random date between two dates in Excel

To generate random dates between two dates, you can use the RANDBETWEEN function, together with the DATE function. See example below: Formula =RANDBETWEEN(date1,date2) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in B5 is: =RANDBETWEEN(DATE(2016,1,1),DATE(2016,12,31)) This formula is then copied down from B5 to B11. The result is random dates between Jan 1, 2016 and Dec 31, 2016 (random dates in…

## How to calculate nth day of year in Excel

To get the nth day of year based on a given date, you can use a formula based on the DATE and YEAR functions. Formula =date-DATE(YEAR(date),1,0) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =B4-DATE(YEAR(B4),1,0) With the date “June 1, 2016” in cell B4, the formula returns 153, since June 1st is the 153rd day of that year. How the…

## How to determine year is a leap year in Excel

If you want to test whether the year of a certain date is a leap year, you can use a formula that uses the MONTH, YEAR, and DATE functions. Formula =MONTH(DATE(YEAR(date),2,29))=2 Explanation In the example shown, the formula in cell C5 is: =MONTH(DATE(YEAR(B5),2,29))=2 How the formula works The core of this formula is the DATE function, which will automatically adjust…

## How to generate series of dates increment by 1 year from a single start date in Excel

If need to generate a dynamic series of dates with a formula that increase by one year from a single start date, you can do so with a formula that uses the DAY, MONTH, YEAR, and DATE functions. Formula =DATE(YEAR(date)+1,MONTH(date),DAY(date)) Explanation In the example, B6 is the hard-coded start date and the formula in B7 is: =DATE(YEAR(B6)+1,MONTH(B6),DAY(B6)) To solve this…

## Convert date to Julian format in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Convert date to Julian format in Excel using example below. If you need to convert a date to a Julian date format in Excel, you can do so by building a formula that uses the TEXT, YEAR, and DATE functions. Formula =YEAR(date)&TEXT(date-DATE(YEAR(date),1,0),”000″) Explanation Background “Julian date format” refers to a format where the year value…

## Convert Excel time to Unix time in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Convert Excel time to Unix time in Excel using example below. To convert a time in Excel’s format to a Unix time stamp, you can use a formula based on the DATE function. Formula =(A1-DATE(1970,1,1))*86400 > Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =(B5-DATE(1970,1,1))*86400 How this formula works The Unix time stamp tracks time…

## Convert text date dd/mm/yy to mm/dd/yy in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Convert text date dd/mm/yy to mm/dd/yy in Excel using example below. To convert dates in text format dd/mm/yy to a true date in mm/dd/yy format, you can use uses a formula based on the DATE function. Formula =DATE(RIGHT(A1,2)+2000,MID(A1,4,2),LEFT(A1,2)) Explanation In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =DATE(RIGHT(B5,2)+2000,MID(B5,4,2),LEFT(B5,2)) Which converts the text value in…

## Convert Unix time stamp to Excel date

This tutorial show how to Convert Unix time stamp to Excel date using the example below. To convert a time in Excel’s format to a Unix time stamp, you can use a formula based on the DATE function. Formula =(A1/86400)+DATE(1970,1,1) Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =(B5/86400)+DATE(1970,1,1) The Unix time stamp tracks time as a…

## Convert text to date in Excel

This tutorial show how to Convert text to date in Excel using the example below. To convert text in an unrecognized date format to a proper Excel date, you can parse the text and assemble a proper date with a formula based on several functions: DATE, LEFT, MID, and RIGHT. Note: Before you go the formula route, see below for other ways you…

## Get date from day number in Excel

This tutorial show how to get date from day number in Excel using the example below. To get a real date from day number, or “nth day of year” you can use the DATE function. Formula =DATE(year,1,daynum) Explanation of how this formula works In the example shown, the formula in C5 is: =DATE(2015,1,B5) The DATE function build dates from separate year, month,…

## Add years to date in Excel

If you need to add years to date in Excel then this tutorials is for you. See the example below . To add a given number of years to a date, you can use a formula based on the DATE function, with help from the YEAR, MONTH, and DAY functions. Formula =DATE(YEAR(date)+years,MONTH(date),DAY(date)) Note: if you need to add an “even” multiple…

## Highlight rows with dates between In Excel

This tutorial shows how to Highlight rows with dates between In Excel using the example below; Formula =AND(\$A1>=start,\$A1<=end) Explanation If you want to highlight rows that contain dates between two dates with conditional formatting, you can use a formula based on the AND and DATE functions. In the example, shown, the range B5:E11 has a conditional formatting rule applied using…

## Highlight dates between in Excel

This tutorial shows how to Highlight dates between in Excel using the example below; Formula =AND(A1>=date1,A1<=date2) Explanation If you want to highlight dates between two dates with conditional formatting, you can use a simple formula that uses the AND and DATE functions together. For example, if you have dates in the range B4:G11, and want to highlight cells that contain a…

## How to calculate Day of the Year in Excel

An easy formula that returns the day of the year for a given date. There’s no built-in function in Excel that can do this. 1. To get the year of a date, use the YEAR function. 2. Use the DATE function below to return January 1, 2016. The DATE function accepts three arguments: year, month and day. 3. The formula below returns the day…

## Excel Date & Time Functions Example

To enter a date in Excel, use the “/” or “-” characters. To enter a time, use the “:” (colon). You can also enter a date and a time in one cell. Note: Dates are in US Format. Months first, Days second. This type of format depends on your windows regional settings. Learn more about Date and Time formats. Year, Month, Day To get the…