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.

Generic formula



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


where B4 contains the date January 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:


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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