Excel EDATE Function

This Excel Tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel EDATE Function in Excel to add months to a date, with formula examples.

EDATE Function Description:

The EDATE Function Returns a date, n number of months away from a start date.

Formula Examples:

edate function examples

ExampleFormulaResult
Positive=EDATE(C5,D5)6/1/2018
Negative=EDATE(C6,D6)8/1/2017
Positive=EDATE(C5,D5)2/28/2018

Syntax and Arguments:

The Syntax for the EDATE Formula is:

Function Arguments ( Inputs ):

start_date – The start date in Excel serial number format or entered as a date with quotations (“s) surround the date. Example: You can not enter 11/12/2015 directly into the cell. Instead you need to enter “11/12/2015” or you would need to use the corresponding serial number: 42320. Alternatively, you can reference a cell with the date 11/12/2015 entered. Excel automatically converts dates stored in cells into serial format (unless the date is entered as text).

months – Number of months away from start date. Number can be positive (future) or negative (past).

Additional Notes

Use the EDATE Function to add or subtract months to a date. Simply enter the start date and then the number of months to offset. The number of months can be positive or negative.

The EDATE Function is smart when dealing with the end of months. If you add 1 month to 1/31/2015:
=edate("1/31/2015",1)
The result is 2/28/2015, not the invalid date: 2/31/2015.

The result of the EDATE Function may appear as a serial number. Change the cell Number Formatting to Short Date to display the serial number as a date:
date formatting excel shortcut

Return to the List of all Functions in Excel

How to use the EDATE Function in Excel:

To use the AND Excel Worksheet Function, type the following into a cell:
=AND(
After entering it in the cell, notice how the AND formula inputs appear below the cell:
edate formula syntax
You will need to enter these inputs into the function. The function inputs are covered in more detail in the next section. However, if you ever need more help with the function, after typing “=EDATE(” into a cell, without leaving the cell, use the shortcut CTRL + A (A for Arguments) to open the “Insert Function Dialog Box” for detailed instructions:
how to use the edate function in excel

For more information about the EDATE Formula visit the
Microsoft Website.

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