Note: DATEDIF automatically rounds down. To round up to the nearest month, see below.
The mystery of DATEDIF
The DATEDIF function is a "compatibility" function that comes from Lotus 1-2-3. For reasons unknown, DATEDIF is only documented in Excel 2000, and will not appear as a suggested function in the formula bar. However, you can use DATEDIF in all curren tExcel versions, you just need to enter the function manually. Excel will not help you with function arguments. See this page on the DATEDIF function for more information about available arguments.
How this formula works
DATEDIF takes 3 arguments: start_date, end_date, and unit. In this case, we want months, so we supply "m" for unit.
DATEDIF automatically calculates and returns a number for months, rounded down.
Nearest whole month
DATEDIF rounds down by default. If you want to calculate months to the nearest whole month, you can make a simple adjustment to the formula:
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