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How to match dates by month and year only in Excel?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-07-22

When comparing dates in Excel, you may need to match the dates by month and year only without considering day. How to achieve it? The following methods will help you.

Match dates by month and year only with formula
Match dates by month and year only with Conditional Formatting

Match dates by month and year only with formula

As below screenshot shown, supposing you need to compare two date lists and match the dates by month and year only, you can apply the below formula to achieve it.

1. Select a blank cell, enter formula =MONTH(A2)&YEAR(A2)=MONTH(B2)&YEAR(B2) into the Formula Bar, and then press the Enter key. See screenshot:


1). In the formula, A2 and B2 is the dates you will compare and match by month and year only. Please change them as you need.
2). For the TRUE result, it means that these two compared dates are matched by month and year. If not, you will get the FALSE result.

2. Keep selecting the result cell, drag the Fill Handle down to compare other dates. See screenshot:

Match dates by month and year only with Conditional Formatting

If you want to compare a range of dates by month and year based on a given date, and highlight all matched cells as below screenshot shown, you can try the following Conditional Formatting methods. Please do as follows.

1. Select the date range you will highlight based on the month and year of a given date, and then click Home > Conditional Formatting > New Rule. See screenshot shown.

2. In the New Formatting Rule dialog box, you need to:

2.1 Select Use a formula to determine which cells to format option in the Select a Rule Type box;
2.2 Enter formula =TEXT(A2,"myyyy")=TEXT(DATE(2015,1,6),"myyyy") into the Format values where this formula is true box;
2.3 Click the Format button to specify a highlight color for the matched cells;
2.4 Click the OK button. See screenshot:

Note: In the formula, A2 is the first cell of selected date range, 2015,1,6 is the given date you need to compare with. Please change them based on your need.

After clicking the OK button, all cells which match the month and year of the given date will be highlighted immediately as blow screenshot shown.

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