Chapter 12

Dressing Up for Date Functions


Bullet Handling and formatting dates

Bullet Working with days, months, and years

Bullet Getting the value of today

Bullet Determining the day of the week

Bullet Calculating the time between dates

Often, when working with Excel, you need to manage dates. Perhaps you have a list of dates when you visited a client and need to count how many times you were there in September. On the other hand, maybe you are tracking a project over a few months and want to know how many days are in between the milestones.

Excel has a number of useful Date functions to make your work easier! This chapter explains how Excel handles dates, how to compare and subtract dates, how to work with parts of a date (such as the month or year), and even how to count the number of days between two dates. You can always reference the current data from your computer’s clock and use it in a calculation; I show you how.

Understanding How Excel Handles Dates

Imagine that on January 1, 1900, you ...

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