How to use the DAYS function in Excel

In this article, we will learn about hHow to use the days function in Excel.

In simple words, DAYS function returns the number of days between 2 dates in excel

DAYS function gets a number which is count of days between two given dates.

=DAYS (end_date, start_date)

Start_date : from the date
End_date : till the date

Let’s understand this function using it in an example.
Use the formula.

B2 : end_date
A2 : start_date
You can see the formula returns a number, the total days elapsed between the two dates.

Now copy the formula to other cells using shortcut key Ctrl + D.
Use the above function formulas to get the days between dates in Excel.

Alternate method

Excel stores dates as numbers, a simple mathematical formulation explained. So just need to subtract the two dates it will get the days between the two dates.
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=IF(date1>date2, date1 - date2, date2 - date1)

Use the below formula, if you don’t know which date to put first.
Let’s understand this function using it an example.
Use the formula in C2 and D2 cells.


This formula gets you negative results if the date1 < date2.
If you don’t want to care which is smaller, just use the below formula in remaining cells

=IF(A4>B4, A4-B4, B4-A4)

Use the above function formulas to get the days between dates in Excel

Hope you understood how to get the days between dates using DAYS function in Excel. Explore more articles on Excel Date & TIME functions here. Please feel free to state your query or feedback for the above article.

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