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# Copy down dates in Excel - incrementing by years not days

Posted on 2016-07-15
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I enter a date into my Excel 2010 sheet, then I copy it down. It automatically increments by days e.g. it will read
1/1/2016
2/1/2016

However a colleague copies down her dates (also Excel 2010) and it increments as follows:
1/1/2016
1/1/2017

Why is that happening?
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Question by:agwalsh

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Rgonzo1971 earned 500 total points
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Hi,

If it's considered text by excel then it increments by the last digit

Regards
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Expert Comment

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If you write the correct dates into two or three cells, and then drag those cells down, you should see an increment as expected.
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Author Comment

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@Qlemo - I know that's how I would do that by numbers but with dates it has always just incremented by days not years..
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Author Closing Comment

ID: 41711883
Ah, it's always the simple things... thanks for that.
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Expert Comment

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I've tested it (in 2010), and it works with date cell format.
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Expert Comment

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@Qlemo

He didn't get your suggestion correctly. :)

@agwalsh

What Qlemo meant was, input 1/1/2016 in A1 and input 1/1/2017 in A2, then select A1:A2 and drag it down.
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