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How to Use Excel EDATE Function?

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EDATE Function

EDATE Function in Excel: Usually, the date will show the time at which an event occurs. Excel uses the EDATE Function to find data that is the indicated number of months before or after a specified date. It is a Built-in Function in Excel. The EDATE Function adds or subtracts the specified number of months with the given date and returns the serial number that represents the result date in Excel.

Here, we come up with the simple steps to Use Excel EDATE Function. Get the official version of MS Excel from the following link:

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Excel EDATE Function

Explanation of EDATE Function

  • It is one of the built-in functions in Microsoft Excel.
  • The EDATE function is used to get the date on the same day of the month, n months in the past or future.
  • EDATE Function adds the specified month to the given start date and returns the result date’s serial number.
  • You can use this to calculate expiration dates, maturity dates, and other due dates.


  • Here, you will see the syntax of the EDATE function.
  • To apply this function on your spreadsheet, you have to select a cell and enter the formula in the following format.
  • Once you enter the formula, just click on the Enter button to get the result.


Parameter Description:

  • Start_date – Start date as a valid Excel date.
  • Month – Number of months before or after start_date.

If the argument is a non-numeric value (letters and special characters) and then it returns #VALUE! Error.

Practical Examples

Here, we come up with some examples to know how to use the EDATE function in the Excel spreadsheet.

  • Initially, you have to open your Excel workbook on your PC and launch the worksheet that has data.
  • For instance, we have entered the date in Column B and the month in Column C. And then we will apply the EDATE function to get the serial number of the result.
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Input range
  • Then, you have to enter the formula in the cell as shown below to get the result.
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Enter the formula
  • After entering the formula, you need to click the Enter button to get the output, as shown below. You can drag down the cell to fill the remaining cells.
  • To find the date of the output serial number and then use the following formula.

=TEXT(cell, format)

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Formatted result

Input that Causes Error

  • If the argument is a non-numeric value (letters and special characters) and then it returns #VALUE! Error.
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Value Error Occurred

A Quick Synopsis

In this article, we have discussed the EDATE Function syntax, definition, and usage in Excel with practical examples. Please leave your comments in case of any queries and share your suggestions in the comment box. To learn more about Excel functions, then visit our webpage

Video Tutorial

The following video will show you how to apply the EDATE function in the Excel worksheet.

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