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YEAR Function Examples – Excel, VBA, & Google Sheets

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This tutorial demonstrates how to use the Excel YEAR Function in Excel to return the year from a date.
YEAR Main Function

YEAR Function Overview

The YEAR Function Returns the year of a date.

To use the YEAR Excel Worksheet Function, Select cell and Type:

year formula syntax

(Notice how the formula input appear)

YEAR Function syntax and Inputs:

serial_number – The 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).


YEAR Examples

The YEAR Function returns the year of a date:


YEAR and MONTH Functions

Using the DATE and YEAR Functions you can build a new date using the same year as the original date:

Year date

First Day of Year

Using the same logic as the previous example, we can use the YEAR and DATE functions to reference the first day of the year:

First day of the year

YEAR in Google Sheets

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

YEAR Google Sheet

YEAR Examples in VBA

You can also use the YEAR function in VBA. Type:
For the function arguments (serial_number, etc.), you can either enter them directly into the function, or define variables to use instead.

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