How to extract or get the year, month and day from date list in Excel?

For a date list, do you know how to extract or get the year, month and day number? See screenshot below. In this article, we will show you formulas of getting year, month and day number separately from a date list in Excel.


Extract/get the year, month and day from date list in Excel

Take below date list as an example, if you want to get the year, month and day numbers from this list, please do as follows step by step.

Extract the year number

1. Select a blank cell for locating the year number, such as cell B2.

2. Copy and paste formula =YEAR(A2) into the Formula Bar, then press Enter key. Drag the Fill Handle down to the range you need to get all year number from the list.

Extract the month number

This section shows you the formula of getting the month number from the list.

1. Select a blank cell, copy and paste formula =MONTH(A2) into the Formula Bar and press the Enter key.

2. Drag the Fill Handle down to the range you need.

Then you will get the month numbers of the date list.

Extract the day number

The getting day number formula is as simple as the formulas above. Please do as follows.

Copy and paste formula =DAY(A2) into a blank cell D2 and press Enter key. Then drag the Fill Handle down to the range to extract all day numbers from the referenced date list.

Now the year, month and day numbers are extracted from the date list as above screenshot shown.


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    frank · 4 months ago
    This is stupid. Anyone who comes to this website wants the day of the month to populate into a cell! Anyone can plug in a random number into cell A2 and the click into cell B2 and insert the formula =A2. That's not what anyone is looking for that comes to this page. People want the cell to populate with the DAY OF THE MONTH!!!! This information and website is USELESS!!!
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      Charles · 2 months ago
      You wanted the actual day of the week or month?? Day of the week would be...

      =TEXT(B2,"dddd") for full day

      =TEXT(B704,"ddd") for 3 letter day like Mon, Tue, Wed etc

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      Khalysto · 2 months ago
      Did you actually read the site? The formula =DAY(A2) would extract the day of the month from whatever date you had entered in cell A2. How is that not what you're asking for?
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        Andy · 2 months ago
        No, that would extract the day number, not the actual day. I believe frank means he wants to see MON, TUE, WED etc.

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    acat · 1 years ago
    =MONTH(A2) drops the leading zero for single digit months. Having that cell formatted as Text does not solve. How to keep the leading zero?
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      Sonu Kumar Singh · 6 months ago
      =text(A2, "mmm") for month name in abbreviations


      =text(A2, "mmmm") for full month name