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September 8, 2016

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Today's Microsoft Excel Tip

Determine if a Date Falls Within a Certain Number of Days of Another Date

In last week's 'Excel in Minutes' tip, I showed you a formula you can use to 'Check if a Date Falls Between Two Other Dates'.

Another similar question I was asked is how to check if a date falls within a certain number of days from another date. As with many things in Excel, there are various ways to do this, but here is one that I think is easy to understand.

o do this, we need three arguments for our formula: the date we want to check, the date we want to compare against, and the number of days range.

To calculate the number of days between two dates, we simply subtract the latest date from the earliest date. However, since we may not know which cell will contain the earliest date and which will contain the latest, we can use the ABS (i.e. absolute value) function to ignore the sign (i.e. + or -) so that the number of days result will always be positive. We then compare this number with our target range.


Check If Date Within Certain Number Of Days in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

In this example, we are checking to see if the date in A2 (31-Aug-2016) is within 30 days (C2) of the date in B2 (08-Sep-2016). Since our formula subtracts the date in B2 from the date in A2, the result is -8. The ABS function in the formula changes the value -8 to positive 8 which we can then compare with the target # of days in cell C2 (i.e. 30). Therefore the result of 8<=30 in this example is TRUE.

Yes or No Option
If you'd prefer to have a Yes or No result using the previous example, you can incorporate the IF function into the formula like this...


Conditional Formatting Option
If instead you would like to highlight the cells with dates that fall within the # of days, you can use the first formula above in a Conditional Formatting rule rather than in a worksheet formula.

1) Select the dates you want to check (i.e. A2:A3);

2) From the Home tab, click Conditional Formatting, New Rule...;

3) In the 'Select a Rule Type' section, click 'Use a formula to determine which cells to format' and enter the formula
=ABS(A2-B2)<=C2 in the formula box...

Conditional Format Formula to Check If Dates Within Number Of Days in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

4) Click the Format... button and choose the formatting you want to use then click OK, OK to close the conditional Formatting dialogs.

If you need to check the dates against one specific date (rather than all cells in column B) and one specific number of days (rather than all cells in column D), use Absolute References in the conditional formatting formula (e.g. $B$2 and $C$2).

Conditional Format Check If Dates Within Number Of Days Absolute Referencing in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365

Do you use a different solution for finding if a date falls within a certain number of days of another date? Tell me how you do it.

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