How to Calculate the Number of Months Between Two Given Dates

Summary

This article contains information about calculating the number of months between any two given dates.

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To calculate the number of months between any two dates, use one of the following methods. Note that both methods use the following information:


  • Edate = Earlier Date
  • Ldate = Later Date
  • If LDate and/or EDate are entered directly into this formula instead of into their cell references, they must be surrounded by double quotation marks (for example, "9/7/88").

Method 1


This method does not take days into consideration. For example, given a start date of 10/31 and an end date of 11/2, one month is returned. However, years are taken into consideration. For this method, use the following formula:



=(YEAR(LDate)-YEAR(EDate))*12+MONTH(LDate)-MONTH(Edate)


For example, the following sample formula returns 11:



=(YEAR(NOW())-YEAR("11/2/89"))*12+MONTH(NOW())-MONTH("11/2/89")


NOTE: This example assumes NOW() refers to October 1990.


Method 2


This method takes days into consideration. For example, given a start date of 10/31 and an end date of 11/2, 0 (zero) months is returned. Years are also taken into consideration. For this method, use the following formula:



=IF(DAY(LDate)>=DAY(EDate),0,-1)+(YEAR(LDate)-YEAR(EDate))
*12+MONTH(LDate)-MONTH(EDate)


For example, the following sample formula returns 10:



=IF(DAY(NOW())>=DAY("11/2/89"),0,-1)+(YEAR(NOW())-YEAR("11/2/89"))
*12+MONTH(NOW())-MONTH("11/2/89")


NOTE: This example assumes NOW() refers to October 1, 1990.
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ID articolo: 67093 - Ultima revisione: 26 ott 2013 - Revisione: 1

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