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Days Left in the Year

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Days Left in the Year.

Do you ever need to figure out how many days are left in the current year? Since Excel stores dates as serial numbers—making them easy to subtract—it is easy to put together a formula that will return the number of days left in the year:


This formula assumes that the date you want to analyze is in cell C12. It uses the DATE function to calculate the serial number for the last day of the year (December 31), and then subtracts the serial number for the actual date. The result is the difference—the number of days—between the two dates.

This formula returns a value that is formatted as a date. You will need to format the cell to a regular numeric value instead of a date in order to view the result correctly.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3051) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Days Left in the Year.

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Comments for this tip:

Michael (Micky) Avidan    25 Mar 2014, 10:21
Anither approach to the same task:
Michael (Micky) Avidan
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Gary    24 Mar 2014, 10:50
How would you write this in VBA?
Darlington    08 Oct 2013, 09:59
Thanks for your usual support.
I have 5 years to complete a project with effect from 1st January 2011. What formula do I use to determine the remaining yy/mm/dd as at today?
Please help.
Denvillian    28 Mar 2012, 10:21
YOU ROCK! This solved my problem! Thanks!
Stephe Ellis    01 Nov 2011, 10:53
You could, of course, also substitute TODAY() for each occurence of C12, and this might be useful.

Also this can be adapted to count down towards the end of the month/quarter/financial_year, etc., but that would obviously be slightly more complex, although it might possibly prove instructive for people fairly new to formulas.
Bryan    29 Oct 2011, 16:36
To do a business days function you would use the Networkdays function. Like this: =NETWORKDAYS(C12,DATE(YEAR(C12),12,31),holidays) where holidays is a named range that houses all the holidays for the year.
gerdami    29 Oct 2011, 05:47
More interesting is the number of remaining business days.

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