# How to Use Excel MONTH Function: 6 Methods

### Method 1 – Simply Use Excel MONTH Function to Get the Month Number

Steps:

• Type the below formula in Cell C5.
`=MONTH(B5)`

• The month number regarding the dates will be shown as output. Use Fill Handle (+) to copy the formula to the rest of the cells.

Note:

➤ If you do not provide an invalid date format, the MONTH function will return an error. For instance, ‘10/22/2021’ is an invalid date. See the outcome of applying the MONTH function to it.

➤ Here is the error (#VALUE!) returned by the MONTH function.

### Method 2 – Combination of MONTH & DATE Functions in Excel

Steps:

• Type the following formula in Cell C5.
`=MONTH(DATE(2021,4,23))`

The DATE function converts the improper date value to a recognizable format. The MONTH function extracts the month number from the date.

• You will get the following result.

• You can find months of other improper dates too.

### Method 3 – Apply MONTH and DATEVALUE Functions Converting Month Value to Number

Steps:

• Type the below formula in Cell C5.
`=MONTH(DATEVALUE(B5&"1"))`

The DATEVALUE function converts a date in the form of text to a number that represents the date in Microsoft Excel date-time code. DATEVALUE(B5&”1”) returns ‘36892’. Finally, the MONTH function extracts the month value from ‘36892’.

• Get the following result.

### Method 4 – Excel MONTH and YEAR Functions Combination

Steps:

• Type the below formula in Cell D5.
`=MONTH(B5)&YEAR(B5)=MONTH(C5)&YEAR(C5)`

• The following will be the outcome.

How Does the Formula Work?

MONTH(B5)

The MONTH function extracts the month number ‘12’.

YEAR(B5)

The YEAR function returns the year of ‘01-Dec-21’, which is ‘2021’.

MONTH(B5)&YEAR(B5)=MONTH(C5)&YEAR(C5)

This formula matches both the dates and returns ‘TRUE’.

### Method 5 – Use MONTH Function with SUMPRODUCT Function

Steps:

• Type the below formula in Cell D5.
`=SUMPRODUCT(--(MONTH(\$B\$5:\$B\$14)=MONTH(DATEVALUE(C5&"1"))))`

• You will get the holidays month-wise.

How Does the Formula Work?

MONTH(\$B\$5:\$B\$14)

This part of the formula will return the month number of the range B5:D14.

{1,2,1,3,4,5,3,3,6,7}

MONTH(DATEVALUE(C5&”1″))

This part will return the number value of the month of Cell E4.

SUMPRODUCT(–(MONTH(\$B\$5:\$B\$14)=MONTH(DATEVALUE(C5&”1″))))

This formula will match the month given from MONTH(B5:B14) with the result of MONTH(DATEVALUE(C5&”1″)) and add 1 when the result is matched.

### Method 6 – Apply MONTH and CHOOSE Functions Combination in Excel

Steps:

• Type the below formula in Cell C5.
`=CHOOSE((MONTH(B5)),"Jan","Feb","Mar","Apr","May","Jun","Jul","Aug","Sep","Oct","Nov","Dec")`

• Get the month name (in ‘mmm’ format). Use Full Handle (+) to copy the formula to the rest of the cells.

How Does the Formula Work?

MONTH(B5)

This part of the formula will return ‘12’.

CHOOSE((MONTH(B5)),”Jan”,”Feb”,”Mar”,”Apr”,”May”,”Jun”,”Jul”,”Aug”,”Sep”,”Oct”,”Nov”,”Dec”)

The CHOOSE function chooses a value or action to perform from a list of values, based on an index number. This formula will choose ‘Dec’ from the list as the result of the previous part of the formula is ‘12’.

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