How to Add Months to a Date in Excel


- Written by Puneet

Just like years, you can add months in a date to get a future date and subtract to get a date from the past. In this tutorial, we will look at all the methods with multiple examples to do that.

Add Month to a Date (Next Month’s Date)

In the first example, we will write a formula to get the date from the next month and we will use the EDATE formula. As you can see in the following example, we have a date in cell A1, for which we need to get the exact date for the next month.


Follow the below steps:

  1. First, enter “=EDATE(” in cell B1.
  2. After that, refer to cell A1, where you have the date.
  3. Now, in the second argument, enter 1.
  4. In the end, type a closing parenthesis and hit enter.

Here you have the date 10-Feb-2022 in cell B1 which is exactly 1 month ahead (next month) from the date we have specified in the formula.


Add 6 Months to a Date

In the same way, you can add 6 months to a date and get a date that is 6 months ahead of the current date. In the following example, we have the same date in cell A1 that we had earlier.


Now to add 6 months to this you just need to use the following formula.


Add 3 Months to a Date

And in the same way, you want to add three days.


Subtract Months from a Date

Now let’s say you want to subtract months from a date. In this case, you just need to use a negative number in the second argument (month).


In the following example, we have used -6 in the month argument, and we have the date 10-Jul-21 which is exactly 6 months back from 10-Jan-22.

Last Updated: May 08, 2024