Find earliest or latest dates in Excel – A full guide

Navigating through vast datasets to pinpoint the earliest or latest dates is a common challenge in Excel. Whether for project management, financial forecasting, or historical data analysis, having the ability to efficiently identify these dates is crucial. This comprehensive guide will demonstrate how to find the earliest and latest dates both within a general range of cells and based on specific criteria. We'll explore methods using Excel's built-in functions as well as the enhanced capabilities of Kutools for Excel, offering solutions for users of all skill levels.

Find earliest and latest dates in a range of cells

Supposing you want to find out the earliest date and latest date in the range of A1:D7 as shown in the screenshot below, please try the following methods.

Find earliest or latest dates with functions

Excel's built-in functions, MIN and MAX, are simple yet powerful tools for finding the earliest and latest dates in a dataset, providing quick access to critical timeline data.

Find earliest date in a certian range

In a blank cell, enter the formula =MIN(A1:D7), and press the Enter key. It will return the earliest dates in active cell as soon as possible.

Tip: You can also find earliest date by using the Small function: =SMALL(A1:D7,1)
Find latest date in a certian range

If you want to find out the latest dates in the range, you can enter the formula =MAX(A1:D7), and press the Enter key.

Tip: You can also find latest date by using the LARGE function: =LARGE(A1:D7,1).

Find earliest and latest dates with Kutools for Excel

If you have Kutools for Excel installed, its Select Cells with Max or Min Value tool can help you find out the earliest date and latest dates quickly without remembering the functions, reducing steps and increasing efficiency especially in larger datasets.

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1. Select the range that you will pick up the latest or earliest date form. In this case, select the range of A1:D7, and select Kutools > Select > Select Cells with Max or Min Values.

2. Specify the settings as the following screenshot shows:
(1) If you want to find out the latest date, please check the Maximum value option; or check the Minimum value option for the earliest date;
(2) Check the Cell option and First cell only option.

3. Click OK. Then the cell with the latest date or earliest date in the selection will be selected at once.

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Find earliest and latest dates based on criteria

Filtering dates based on specific criteria allows for more targeted analysis, such as isolating the earliest or latest events within a particular category or project. This section will show you how to accomplish these tasks.

Using Excel formulas to find earliest and latest dates based on criteria

Please apply the following formulas to find earliest or latest dates based on criteria.

Find earliest dates based on criteria

Select a blank cell, enter the following array formula and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together. Select this formula cell and drag its Fill Handle down to get the rest of the results.

``=MIN(IF(\$A\$2:\$A\$11=E2,\$B\$2:\$B\$11))``

Notes:
• In this formula,
• \$A\$2:\$A\$11 is the cell range with dates.
• E2 is the condition.
• \$B\$2:\$B\$11 is where the condition is checked in the original data range.
• If you are using Excel 365, Excel 2019 and above versions, use this array formula with Ctrl + Shift + Enter:
``=MINIFS(\$B\$2:\$B\$11, \$A\$2:\$A\$11, E2)``
Fine latest dates based on criteria

Select a blank cell, enter the following array formula and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys together. Select this formula cell and drag its Fill Handle down to get the rest of the results.

``=MAX(IF(\$A\$2:\$A\$11=E2,\$B\$2:\$B\$11))``

Notes:
• In this formula,
• \$A\$2:\$A\$11 is the cell range with dates.
• E2 is the condition.
• \$B\$2:\$B\$11 is where the condition is checked in the original data range.
• If you are using Excel 365, Excel 2019 and above versions, use this array formula with Ctrl + Shift + Enter:
``=MAXIFS(\$B\$2:\$B\$11, \$A\$2:\$A\$11,E2)``

Efficiently finding the earliest and latest dates in Excel can transform your data analysis, allowing for clearer insights and better decision-making. Whether through the simplicity of Excel functions or the advanced features of Kutools for Excel, these methods equip you with the tools necessary to handle date-related data with precision and ease. For those eager to delve deeper into Excel's capabilities, our website boasts a wealth of tutorials. Discover more Excel tips and tricks here.

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