Many of you already know about Excel’s DATE function. The function is used to create a date by defining specific values for the year, month and day.
DATE(2020,7,20) gives a result of 7/20/2020.
And some of you know that you can also use formulas to calculate a date.
If a value of 5 exists in cell C4 then
DATE(2020,7,20+C4) gives a result of 7/25/2020.
But did you know that the formula will also check for valid dates and, if needed, shift the month automatically?
DATE(2020,7,35) gives a result of 8/4/2020
(since there are not 35 days in July!)
DATE(2020,7,30+C4) gives the same result
Not only can this formula be used to calculate variable dates, but it will also ensure that you don’t incorrectly calculate a value that doesn’t exist on the calendar. After all, we wouldn’t want Julius Caesar coming back to question our use of “his” month!
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