Sometimes you may need to know how many months have passed between two dates. There are multiple ways to find the difference between two dates in months in Excel. In this tutorial, you will learn 4 effective ways to get the difference between two dates in months in Excel.

## How to Get Difference Between Two Dates in Months in Excel: 4 Effective Ways

Letâ€™s first introduce our dataset. Suppose, there are some launch dates and closing dates of some random projects. Our goal is to calculate the difference between two dates in months in Excel.

### 1. Use DATEDIF Function to Find Difference Between Two Dates in Months in Excel

If you wish to calculate only the total completed months between two dates, **the DATEDIF function** is for you. Just follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- Type the following formula in cell
**D5.**

`=DATEDIF(B5,C5,"M")`

Here, **B5** stands for the launch date, **C5** stands for the closing date, and **M** stands for month.

- Then, press
**ENTER**key and put the**Fill Handle**to the rest of the required cells.

Finally, here is the result.

**Note:**

The **DATEDIF** function doesnâ€™t count the running month.

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### 2. Using **YEARFRAC** along with **INT** or **ROUNDUP Functions**

**The YEARFRAC function** counts the fractional year in decimal between two dates. To remove decimals, we can use **INT** or** ROUNDUP** functions. Just follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- Write down the following formula in cell
**D5.**

`=INT(YEARFRAC(B5,C5)*12)`

Here, at first, the **YEARFRAC** function calculates the number of years in decimal format between two dates. Then, we use the **INT** function to convert a decimal to a whole number after multiplying by 12.

- Then, press the
**ENTER**key. Drag the**Fill Handle**icon to the rest of the cells.

Finally, here is the output.

**Note:**

We can use the **ROUNDUP** function instead of the **INT** function. The **INT** function only rounds off the decimal even if it is closest to a whole number. On the other hand, the **ROUNDUP** function returns the nearest whole number or to a fixed decimal number according to round-off rules.

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### 3. Combine YEAR and MONTH Functions to Get Month-Difference Between Two Dates in Excel

Here is another effective method you can apply to get the difference between two dates in Excel. Follow the steps below to apply these functions.

**Steps:**

- Copy the following formula and paste it into cell
**D5**.

`=(YEAR(C5)-YEAR(B5))*12+MONTH(C5)-MONTH(B5)`

Here, at first, **the YEAR function** returns the difference between two dates in years. Then, after multiplying by 12, it is converted into months. Finally, it is added to the difference between two dates in months resulting in the **the MONTH function.**

- Then, hit the
**ENTER**key and drag the**Fill Handle**all the way.

Finally, here is the output.

### 4. Use a Subtraction Formula with Excel MONTH Function

To find the difference between two dates, you can simply use the **MONTH** function with the subtraction formula. Just follow the steps below.

**Steps:**

- Go to cell
**D5**and type the following formula.

`=MONTH(C5)-MONTH(B5)`

Here, the **MONTH** function only returns the date difference in months within a fixed year.

- Press
**ENTER.**

Finally, you will get the result.

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## Conclusion

In this tutorial, I have discussed 4 effective ways to get the difference between two dates in months in Excel. I hope you found this article helpful. Please, drop comments, suggestions, or queries if you have any in the comment section below.