How to Count Number of Cells with Dates in Excel (6 Ways)

Excel sheets can be used to keep track of time, date, schedule events, and activities, keep track of objects and their prices, and much more. In this article, we will see how to count number of cells with dates in Excel using formulas and VBA. For your better understanding, we will use a sample dataset containing Name, Gender, and Date of Birth.

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6 Ways to Count Number of Cells with Dates in Excel

There are several ways to count the number of cells with dates in Excel. We will see the use of VBA, COUNTA, COUNTIFS, SUMPRODUCT, and a combination of functions throughout this post.


Method 1: Count Number of Cells with Dates Using COUNTA Function

The COUNTA function is helpful to calculate the number of cells containing numeric values.
Steps:

  • First, click on cell F5 and type the following formula.
=COUNTA(D5:D12)

Count cells with Dates using COUNTA

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

Here, Excel has counted all the numeric date values ranging from D5 to D12.

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Method 2: Count Dates in a Given Year Using SUMPRODUCT Function

In our dataset, there are different dates in different years. What should we do, if we want to know dates in specific years? Let’s see, how to do it.
Steps:

  • First, click on cell F5 and type the formula as follows.
=SUMPRODUCT(--(YEAR($D$5:$D$12)=$F5))

Count cells with Dates by SUMPRODUCT Function

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

  • Finally, AutoFill by dragging down the right button on the mouse.

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So, what is happening here?
To simplify, in this formula, the YEAR function will extract all the years from the valid date range D5:D12 and will match it with the year given in cell F5.

=SUMPRODUCT(--(YEAR(1995;1994;1993;1992)=1992))

To get an array of TRUE, FALSE, each date is compared to the year value in Column D.

={FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE;FALSE;FALSE;TRUE}

As a result, it will count the TRUE which is 2 in the case of the year 1992.
Then, once we use the AutoFill, the criteria value gets changed so does the YEAR function’s result.

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Method 3: Count Number of Cells with Dates Using Combination of Functions

Let’s, try another way to count number of cells with dates. This time we will use a combination of functions to count the number of dates in cells in Excel.
Steps:

  • First, click on cell F5 and type the following formula.
=SUM(IF(ISERROR(DATEVALUE(TEXT(D5:D12, "dd/MM/yyyy"))), 0, 1))

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  • Now, press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER altogether. If you’re using Excel 365 then pressing ENTER will do the task for you.

That’s it.
Here the ISERROR function will see, whether the cells have number values. It will tell FALSE if the cell is not blank and TRUE in the case of blank cells. Then, the IF function will SUM 1 for each FALSE value, zero for TRUE.

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Method 4: Count Dates in Current Month Using COUNTIFS Function

Now, we will see how to count dates in the current and previous months using the COUNTIFS function. We got a dataset where dates of joining are given. We want to see how many joining dates are in the current month and how many are in the previous month.

Count cells with Dates for current and previous month in Excel
Steps:

  • First, click on cell G5 and type the formula as shown below.
=COUNTIFS(D5:D12,">="&EOMONTH(TODAY(),-1)+1,D5:D12,"<"&EOMONTH(TODAY(),0)+1)

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

count number of cells with dates for current month

So, we get result 5. It’s also visible from the dataset that in our current month March, the total dates are 5.
After that, we will see how to calculate dates in the previous month.

Steps:

  • First, click on cell H5 and type the formula as shown below.
=COUNTIFS(D5:D12,">="&EOMONTH(TODAY(),-2)+1,D5:D12,"<"&EOMONTH(TODAY(),-1)+1)

  • Finally, press the ENTER key and our result is ready.

This formula relies on the COUNTIFS function to count dates that are greater than or equal to the current month’s first day and less than the next month’s first day. Both dates are created using the EOMONTH function, which takes the current date from the TODAY function.

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Method 5: Count Birthdays by Month Using SUMPRODUCT Function

In this method, we will see birthdays by month using the SUMPRODUCT function.
Steps:

  • Type the following formula in cell G5.
=SUMPRODUCT(--(MONTH($D$5:$D$12)=MONTH($F5&1)))

count number of cells with dates in Excel

  • Now, press the ENTER key.

Count Birthdays by month

  • After that, drag down to AutoFill for the rest of the series.

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Can you relate how the SUMPRODUCT function works here? We think you do, it works in the same way we’ve discussed in Method 2.

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Method 6: Create User Defined Function to Count Number of Cells with Dates

In this method, we generate a user-defined function using VBA. Let’s follow the procedures down.

Steps:

  • Firstly, go to the Developer tab from the ribbon.
  • Secondly, click on Visual Basic from the Code category to open the Visual Basic Editor. Or press ALT+F11 to open the Visual Basic Editor.

  • This will appear in the Visual Basic Editor where we write our codes.
  • Thirdly, click on Module from the Insert drop-down menu bar.

  • This will create a Module in your workbook.
  • And, copy and paste the VBA code shown below.

VBA Code:

Option Explicit
Function Count_DateCells(dRanges As Range) As Integer
Dim drng As Range
Dim dcount As Integer
Application.Volatile
dcount = 0
For Each drng In dRanges
If IsDate(drng) Then
dcount = dcount + 1
End If
Next
Count_DateCells = dcount
End Function
  • Press CTRL+S to save the file.

  • Further, go back to your worksheet and insert the formula there.
=Count_DateCells(D5:D12)
  • Press Enter.
  • That’s it! you will get your result.


Method 7: Count Number of Cells with Dates Using VBA

Finally, in this method, we will see how to count the number of dates in Excel using VBA.

Steps:

  • First, right-click on the sheet and go to View Code.

count number of cells with dates in Excel VBA

  • After that copy and paste the VBA code below.
    VBA Code:
Option Explicit
Function Date_Count(dRanges As Range) As Variant
Dim dCell() As Variant
Dim rg As Range
Dim dcnt As Integer
Application.Volatile
ReDim dCell(dRanges.Cells.Count - 1) As Variant
dcnt = 0
For Each rg In dRanges
dCell(dcnt) = VarType(rg)
dcnt = dcnt + 1
Next
Date_Count = dCell
End Function

  • After that, press F5 or the play button to run the code.
  • At this point, Enter the formula in cell F5.
=SUM(IF(Date_Count(D5:D12)=7,1,0))
  • Finally, press the CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER keys while doing so.

Through this code, we are creating a user function called DateCells. This function will check date values in a given array or ranges and SUM them one by one if the date value is valid.

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Practice Section

The single most crucial aspect in becoming accustomed to these quick approaches is practice. As a result, I’ve attached a practice workbook where you may practice these methods.

Count cells with Dates practice


Conclusion

These are 6 different ways to count number of cells with dates in Excel. Based on your preferences, you may choose the best alternative. Please leave them in the comments area if you have any questions or feedback.


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Mahbub
4 Comments
  1. The SUMPRODUCT was exactly what I needed and I’d never used it before.

    Thanks

  2. Your vba code is too complex. Your code outputs an array that has to be fed further into a complex formula and you didn’t explain why do we have to use 7,1,0 with SUM IF.

    Instead I would prefer to use isDate() function inside the loop to check the cells for being an actual date and increment the count variable each time you get a TRUE result. Finally return a count of cells containing the date instead of an array which will have to be used with more functions.

    Simplicity should be the key. The code should be like this as per my suggestion;

    Function Count_DateCells(dRanges As Range) As Integer

    Dim drng As Range
    Dim dcount As Integer

    Application.Volatile

    dcount = 0

    For Each drng In dRanges

    If IsDate(drng) Then
    dcount = dcount + 1

    End If

    Next

    Count_DateCells = dcount

    End Function

    • Hello, EHTISHAM SAFDAR!
      Thanks a ton for your suggestion!
      In Method-7, the precise range we require to count the number of cells containing dates is D5:D12. Determines whether each data value in a given array or range is legitimate by SUM each one.

      Regards,
      Sabrina Ayon
      Author, ExcelDemy
      .

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