## Excel Formula: Get Same Date Last Month or Next Month

If you want to get the same date last month or next month, the EDATE function in Excel can help you.

Generic formula

Get same date last month

 EDATE(date,-1)

Get same date next month

 EDATE(date,1)

Syntaxt and arguments

 Date: the cell reference or a date surrounded by double quotation marks for getting the same date last month or next month.

Return value

The formula returns a 5-digits numeric value, please format the result as a date format as you like.

Errors

If the argument date is not a numeric value or the date is earlier than 1/1/1900, the formula returns an error value #VALUE!.

How this formula works

To get the same dates last month or next month based on the dates in list B3:B6, please choose below formulas as you need:

Get the same date last month

 =EDATE(B3,-1)

Or

 =EDATE("1/2/2021",-1)

Get the same date next month

 =EDATE(B3,1)

Or

 =EDATE("1/2/2021",1)

Press Enter key and drag auto fill handle down to other cells.

Select the cells will place the results, click Home tab and choose Short Date or Long Date from the drop-down menu of Number Format.

Explanation

EDATE function: to get the date based on the adding number of months.

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