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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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=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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=text(A2, "mmm") for month name in abbreviations


=text(A2, "mmmm") for full month name
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Thank u Sonu, u answered my question as well..
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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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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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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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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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i got what i need from this text function. Thank you
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That's amazing, thanks Charles, did not really seen this one coming.
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this website help me to find what ive been searching all this time.. many thanks..
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HELP. I have a list of Payment dates, (8/1/16, 9/1/16, 10/1/16, + 30 years). How do I find the current month/year? Im trying to have my formula find the current month/year and grab the data from a different column from the row that the current month is in.
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Hi Brittany,
Supposing all dates are in column B and the current date is in F1. You need to create a helper column, enter the following formula into the first cell of that column (the cell should be in the same row as the first date in column B), press Enter to get the first result. Then drag its AutoFill Handle down to get the rest of the results.
If the result comes TRUE, it means that the date is the same month and year as the current date.
=MONTH(B1)&YEAR(B1)=MONTH($F$1)&YEAR($F$1)
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Hi, i have tried and these formulas do not seem to working for what i intend or understand. I need to extract the day and month from a cell.

Ex. 1955-03-08 (current data) to 8 Mar (required data)

Please could someone assist.
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Hi Ansonica Campher,
The following formula can do you a favor. Please give it a try.
=TEXT(A1,"dd mmm")
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EN MI CASO QUE TIENE 2022-07-01T00:00:01-06:00 PERO YO LO UNICO QUE NECESITO ES EL AÑO EL MES Y EL DIA

COMO PODRIA APLICAR A LA FORMULA
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Hola Cesar22,

Lo que podes hacer es lo siguiente:
Si la informacion esta en A1
-=TEXT(LEFT(A1,10),"dd mm yyyy")

Esto saca la fecha de toda la otra informacion y te da el dia (dd), el mes (mm) y el año (yy).

Buena suerte
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