# Get month from date

=MONTH(date)

If you need to extract the month from a date, you can use the MONTH function. In the generic form of the formula above, the date must be in a form that Excel recognizes as a valid date.

### How this formula works

The MONTH function takes just one argument, the date from which to extract the month. In the example shown, the formula is:

=MONTH(B4)

where B4 contains the dateJanuary 5, 2016. The MONTH function returns the number 1 representing the month( January) of the date.

Note that you can use MONTH to extract the month from a day entered as text:

=MONTH("1/5/2016")

However, using text for dates can produce unpredictable results on computers using different regional date settings. It's better (and more flexible) to supply an address to a cell that already contains a valid date.

### Get month name

To extract the month name from a date, you can use the TEXT function, as described in this example.

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