# How to use the YEAR Function in Excel

The YEAR function is a Date & Time function. It returns the year of the date which is an argument to the function.
Syntax:

=YEAR (serial number)

Serial number : A valid date in Excel
Example:
Let’s understand this function using it in an example.

Here we have a dates in column A. And we will use the YEAR function to get the year out in column B.

Use the formula:

=YEAR(A2)

A2 : A valid excel date as an argument to the function.

As you can see from the above snapshot the year to date in Column B.
Copy the formula in other cells using the keyboard shortcut keys Ctrl + D.

The formula returns the Year from the Dates.
The function returns the #VALUE! error if text is given as an argument.

Uses
Use the function with other functions like TODAY() to get the year of Today’s date. This returns a value which is dynamic. So the year will change as the Today function is dynamic.

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