EDATE Function – Add Months to Date (Excel, VBA, G Sheets)

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Last updated on November 6, 2023
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This tutorial demonstrates how to use the EDATE Function in Excel to add or subtract months to a date.
EDATE main function

EDATE Examples

Add Months to a Date

The EDATE Function is used to add months to a date:

Add One Month


ADD one monthAdd Six Months


ADD Six monthsSubtract Months From a Date

The EDATE Function can also be used to subtract months from a date.

Subtract One Month


Subtract One MonthSubtract Six Months


Subtract Six MonthsWhat About End of the Month?

If the day of the start date is greater than the number of days in the end month, the last day of the month will be displayed:

ADD one month to January

The reverse is not true.

Subtract one Months for FEB

To ensure you get the last day of the month, you can use the EOMONTH Function instead:


Edate EOMONTHEDATE in Google Sheets

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

EDATE Google Sheet

EDATE Examples in VBA

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


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

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