How to use YEAR Function in Excel

how to use excel year function

Quick Intro

Use Excel YEAR Function to get the year from a date. In simple words, it will return year value from a date. For example, from 12-Aug-2016 it will return 2016.



serial_number A serial number which represents the date from which you want to get the year value.

More Information on Excel YEAR Function

  • Excel store dates as serial numbers.
  • It will only return year number if reference date is valid.
  • You can only extract year number from a date which is after 01-01-1900.
  • It always returns year in four digits.


In the below example, I have used year function to get year number from the dates. You can use this function where you have dates in your data & you only need year number.

You can also use TEXT Function to get the year from a date.

use excel year function with to get year number

In the below example, I have used today function to get year number from the current date. It will always update the year whenever you recalculate your worksheet.

use excel year function with today function

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What’s Next?

To learn more about Excel YEAR Function you can check Microsoft’s Help Section. And, if you have a unique idea to use it, I would love to hear from you.There is also you have

There are also you have MONTH | DAY functions which are highly useful. Apart from this, I have a list of excel functions and some real life formulas examples.