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:
- First, enter “=EDATE(” in cell B1.
- After that, refer to cell A1, where you have the date.
- Now, in the second argument, enter 1.
- 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.