The Excel Date function, when supplied with integers representing a year, month and day, returns an Excel date.
Syntax: DATE( year, month, day )
Date Function Examples
The following spreadsheet shows the Date function applied to different sets of values.
Month and Day Arguments
Typically, the month will be between 1 and 12 and the day will be between 1 and 31. However, these values can extend below or above these ranges, in which case, they behave as follows:
Date Function Common Problem
The result of your Date function looks like a number (eg. “41061”), instead of a date.
This is likely to be due to the formatting of the cell. I.e. the function has actually returned the correct value, but the cell is displaying the date serial number, instead of the formatted date.
To correct this,
- Under the Category heading, select the option Date and click OK