Excel - getting underlying number for dates

Posted on 2011-09-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

In Excel VBA, how do I get the integer number behind a date contained in a cell.

Question by:Murray Brown
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
LVL 18

Expert Comment

ID: 36487502
Format the cell as number. Or format a nearby cell as number and use =INT(A1)
Though you don't really need INT if you format it as a number. Probably =A1 would work as well.
LVL 43

Expert Comment

by:Saqib Husain, Syed
ID: 36487505
you can try

date * 1

for today's date number
LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 36487700
how do I get the integer number behind a date contained in a cell.

You mean something like
1 12/01/2011
2 24/03/2011 ???

Pls see the attached file.
PeopleSoft Has Never Been Easier

PeopleSoft Adoption Made Smooth & Simple!

On-The-Job Training Is made Intuitive & Easy With WalkMe's On-Screen Guidance Tool.  Claim Your Free WalkMe Account Now

LVL 30

Expert Comment

ID: 36487728
If on the other hand you mean the serial number of the date then if in Col A you have your date and you want the serial number in col B make sure Col B is formated as General (select Col B right click format cel and click on general in the nuber format) then in col B put in B1 =A1 and drag it down you will have the coresponding dateserial for each date in Col A
LVL 85

Accepted Solution

Rory Archibald earned 500 total points
ID: 36487795
Use the Value2 property rather than Value.

Expert Comment

ID: 36496817
If you only need to show the serial number through VBA, you can use:

[A1].NumberFormat = "0"

Author Closing Comment

by:Murray Brown
ID: 36517133
Thanks very much

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Access developers frequently have requirements to interact with Excel (import from or output to) in their applications.  You might be able to accomplish this with the TransferSpreadsheet and OutputTo methods, but in this series of articles I will di…
In Part II of this series, I will discuss how to identify all open instances of Excel and enumerate the workbooks, spreadsheets, and named ranges within each of those instances.
The viewer will learn how to create a normally distributed random variable in Excel, use a normal distribution to simulate the return on an investment over a period of years, Create a Monte Carlo simulation using a normal random variable, and calcul…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how to use longer labels with horizontal bar charts instead of the vertical column chart.

691 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question