In the manufacturing and consumer sectors, shelf life is a very popular term. It defines the time period between production and expiration. In a broader aspect, shelf life denotes the span of a productâ€™s length of usability in the form of values and percentages. Microsoft Excel has benefitted us with the calculation of the remaining shelf life after production until its end period. Therefore, in this article, we will guide you on how to calculate the remaining shelf life percentage in Excel in easy steps.

## How to Calculate Remaining Shelf Life Percentage in Excel: 5 Steps

In this section, we will describe the process of calculating the remaining shelf life percentage. The end product will work as a template for future calculations. Simply follow the steps below:

### Step 1: Prepare Dataset

Let us prepare the initial dataset for calculation.

- First, insert the product names in the
**Product**column. - Then, insert the manufacturing date in the
**MFG Date**column. - Lastly, provide the information on the length of use in the
**Duration of Usage**column.

- Make sure you define the unit of duration.
- For example, we gave all durations in
**Days**.

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### Step 2: Calculate Date of Expiration in Excel

Now we will calculate the date of expiration for each product in the dataset. Letâ€™s check the process below:

- First, insert this formula in
**cell E5**.

`=C5+D5`

- Then, press
**Enter**. - Here, you will see the expiry date of the first product based on the
**MFG Date**and duration.

- Now, use the
**Fill Handle**tool to drag this formula in**cell range E6:E9**.

**Additional Tip****:** If your duration of usage is in weeks, months or years, then apply these formulas for each type of duration.

- For 3 weeks:
`=E5+3*7`

- For 3 months:
`=EDATE(E5,3)`

- For 3 years:
`=DATE(YEAR(E5)+3,MONTH(E5),DAY(E5))`

### Step 3: Find Out Percentage of Completed Shelf Life

Now, we will calculate how much time the product has passed after its production. It is termed the **Completed Shelf Life**. Here we will calculate the percentage of time.

- First, insert this formula in
**cell F5**.

`=YEARFRAC(C5,E5,1)`

- Next, press
**Enter**. - Thatâ€™s it, we have our first value of
**Completed Shelf Life**.

Here, we used **the YEARFRAC function** to calculate the value of duration between the manufacturing date and the expiry date in fractions. Afterward, format the cell in percentage.

- Following, apply this formula in
**cell range F6:F9**using the**AutoFill**tool.

### Step 4: Calculate Remaining Shelf Life Percentage

Finally, we are at the stage where we will calculate the remaining shelf life percentage. The following is the procedure:

- First, insert this formula in
**cell G5**.

`=1-F5`

Here, we want the values in a percentage format. Therefore, we deducted** F5** from** 1** instead of **100**. Because the value in **cell F5** is also in percentage.

- Next, hit
**Enter**. - Thatâ€™s it, we have our first value of
**Remaining Shelf Life Percentage**.

- Lastly, drag the bottom corner of
**cell G5**up to**cell G9**to get values for each product.

### Step 5: Check Expiration Status in Excel

So far, we achieved our goal of calculating the remaining shelf life percentage of our listed products. But we also need to know the status of the expiration of each product. Therefore, here is the solution.

- First, insert your present-day in
**cell D11**according to your region. - For example, we inserted the present day as
**10 August 2022**for calculation.

**Note**: You can use **the TODAY function** to find the present day based on your region. In this case, simply apply this formula in **cell D11**.

`=TODAY()`

- Now, insert this formula in
**cell F5**.

`=IF($D$11>E5,"Expired",(E5-$D$11))`

- Thereafter, press
**Enter**. - Here, you will see that the first product is showing an expiration status based on our present day.

Here, we used **the IF function** to make a comparison between the values of cells **D11** and** E5**. The output will be established on the condition **Expired**.

- Lastly, apply this formula in
**cell range F6:F9**and you will get the final output.

## Things to Remember

- Make sure you insert the dates in
**Date**format before calculation. - For getting output in percentage, make sure to format the result cell in the
**Percentage**format. - If you want to find the
**Duration of Usage**, simply apply this formula.

`=Expiry Date - MFG Date`

- Be conscious of blank cells in your dataset. Otherwise, it will show a false result.

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## Conclusion

So, thatâ€™s all for today. Hope it was a helpful article for you on how to calculate the remaining shelf life percentage in Excel. Let us know your insightful suggestion in the comment box.

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