Hi:

Attached is an Excel spreadsheet with a column of dates.

I need a formula for the “Begin Period”, similar to the one I have in the spreadsheet for the “End Period”. The “Begin Period” is based on the column of dates and is at the bottom of the column, but that column varies with number of dates and rows each time the report is run.

I need the result in the format, for example, "December, 2010"

Keep in mind the column of dates will always be a different number of rows. In one reporting period there may be 50 rows of dates, in others it may be 200 rows of dates. The first row will always be fixed but the last row, obviously, will always be different based on the varying number of dates.

Currently, for the "End Period" formula I have, and it works:

=TEXT(DATEVALUE(LEFT(A4,3)

&" " &MID(A4,FIND(" @",A4)-4,4)),"mmmm, yyyy")

I just need the Begin Period formula for the month & year, but am not sure how to do this with varying numbers of rows of dates.

Thank you!

Dates-2.xlsx
=LOOKUP("zzz",B:B)

Exactly like that - does that give you the last date in column B?

Then you can extract the first 12 characters using

=LEFT(LOOKUP("zzz",B:B),12

and finally TEXT function gives you the format you want, i.e.

=TEXT(LEFT(LOOKUP("zzz",B:

That works for me in your sample file - applied to column A and with other data removed

regards, barry