DAYS Function – Count Days in Excel, VBA, Google Sheets

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Last updated on November 6, 2023
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This tutorial demonstrates how to use the DAYS Function in Excel and Google Sheets to count the number of days between dates.

DAYS Main Formula

Calculate Number of Days Between Dates

The DAYS Function returns the number of days between two dates.


Days Positive

It returns a positive number if the end_date is after the start_date (above) or a negative number of the end_date is before the start_date (below):

Days Negative

Absolute Date Difference

To calculate the absolute difference between two dates (no negative values) surround the DAYS Function with the ABS Function:


ABS DaysSubtract Dates

Instead of using the DAYS Function, you can usually simply subtract two dates to calculate the number of days between them:


Days SubtractHowever, this won’t work with dates stored as text (The DAYS Function will work with dates stored as text.)

Also, this method might return an unexpected result if a time value is stored with the dates. Read our article on calculating the difference between dates to learn more.

Days From Today

To calculate the number of days between a date and Today use the TODAY Function as one of the dates:


Days From TodayDAYS360 Function

Instead if you need to calculate the number of days between dates using a 360 day year (where each month has 30 days), use the DAYS360 Function:


DAYS360 days Four months


DAYS360 Four monthsNETWORKINGDAYS Function

The NETWORKINGDAYS Function will calculate the number of business days between dates:



DAYS in Google Sheets

The DAYS Function works exactly the same in Google Sheets as in Excel:

DAYS Google Sheet

DAYS Examples in VBA

You can also use the DAYS function in VBA. Type:


For the function arguments, you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

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