Use Excel’s AutoFill Options and Formulas to Increment a Series of Dates

Excel AutoFill Options

Excel AutoFill Options

I begin this Excel Video tutorial by first, demonstrating how to use Excel’s AutoFill Options to increment a series of dates. Some of these AutoFill Options are:

  • Fill Weekdays Only (Monday through Friday)
  • Copy Formatting Only
  • Increment by Adding one month to the previous cell
  • Increment by Adding one year to the previous cell

Here’s a Tip: If you use your Right-mouse button to AutoFill a series, a menu of options will pop up automatically when you release the mouse. Try it!

Excel Functions and Formulas to Increment a Series of Dates

Two of my favorite Excel Date Functions are part of the “Analysis ToolPak” Add-in:

  1. The EDATE() Function – returns a “serial number” for a Month that is X number of months away from the starting date.
  2. The EOMONTH() Function – is similar to EDATE. However, it always returns the last Calendar Day of the Month that is X  number of months away from the starting date.

In Excel 2007 and Excel 2010, the Analysis ToolPak Add-in is activated by default. In this video, I demonstrate how to activate it if you are using Excel 2003 or older.

Other Functions Used in this Video Tutorial

  1. The DATE() Function. Remember that if you use this function to increment by one-year intervals that you need to “nest” the Year(), Month() and Day() functions in the arguments. This is a “tricky” function to use.
  2. The WEEKDAY() Function. In the video, I nest this function inside an IF() Function in order to get a series of dates that include Monday through Friday only!

Related Video Tutorial

My next video in this series demonstrates how to use Formulas to increment a series of times by “minutes” or by “hours.”

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Follow this link to view this video tutorial in High Definition on my YouTube Channel – DannyRocksExcels

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