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When you run a macro that uses a date from a worksheet cell, the date returned by the macro may be four years and one day earlier than the actual date.
A macro returns a date that is four years and one day earlier when you select "1904 date system" in the Calculation tab of the Options dialog box, and one of the following conditions is true:
The following macro determines whether the 1904 date system is selected, converts a date to the 1900 date system, and returns the expected date.
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Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.
Visual Basic for Applications does not automatically detect the 1904 date system and convert the date as necessary. If a user selects the 1904 date system in Microsoft Excel, and runs a macro that reads a date from a worksheet cell, the difference may be four years and one day (the extra one day accounts for the leap year). For example, a date of 9/1/96 in the 1904 date system may return a date of 8/31/92.
The date system discrepancy may occur in Visual Basic when you select the 1904 date system and the macro uses the Value2 property when it stores the date.
The Value2 property is a new property in Visual Basic that you can use in Microsoft Office 97. The Value2 property stores variables in the same way as the Value property except that it does not use the Currency or Date data types.