In this article, we will learn How to use the DAYS function in Excel.
Number of days between two dates
Date values in Excel are stored as numbers. To take the difference between two date values just use the subtract operator (-) between the two given values. For example getting the number of days between the patient admitted to a patient detarted in a hospital. use the DAYS function to do the same task using cell reference. Let's learn more about DAYS function syntax and an example to illustrate the function usage.
DAYS Function in Excel
DAYS function gets a number which is the count of days between two given dates.
|=DAYS (end_date, start_date)|
Start_date : from the date
End_date : till the date
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example. Here we have some date values and we need to find the number of days between them.
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.
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.
|=later_date - earlier date|
|=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
DATEDIF function to get the number of days between two dates
All of these might be confusing to understand. Let's understand how to use the function using an example.
Here we have some examples to test the formula. Here given the start date and end date, we need to calculate the difference in days between dates
Use the Formula:
|=DATEDIF (A2, B2, C2)|
A2 : first date argument given as cell reference
B2 : Second date argument given as cell reference
C2 : specified unit
Marked boxes while using the function shows us that argument to the function given as cell reference.
The function returns the complete calendar years between the dates using the “y”
As you can see the function returns the values.
You can also use the NETWORKDAYS function to get only the working number of days between the two given dates
Here are all the observational notes using the DAYS function in Excel
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