# How to Truncate Date in Excel (4 Simple Methods)

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Microsoft Excel is a handy software. We use Excel functions and features for our educational, business, and other daily life purposes. Furthermore, Excel provides some special functions to exclude a date from the date-time format in our workbooks. This article will show you 4 simple methods to truncate a date in Excel.

## How to Truncate Date in Excel: 4 Simple Methods

Sometimes, our datasets have date/timestamp formats. As a result, the datasets look congested. However, excluding dates from date-time formats in Excel can be really cumbersome if we consider a large amount of dataset. In this article, I will show you 4 easy methods to truncate dates in Excel. For instance, we take a dataset that represents the client meeting schedule of a paper company.

### 1. Truncate Date Using INT Function in Excel

In this method, we will use the INT function for removing dates in Excel. First, letâ€™s learn a little bit about this function. The INT function sees the date/timestamp data as integer and decimals/fractions (date as integer & time as decimal/fractions). Afterward, the INT function rounds up a decimal value to the lowest integer fraction and returns an integer value. Here, we extract the date from the date/timestamp and afterward subtract it. Letâ€™s follow these steps to truncate date from a date-time format given in column B.

Steps:

• To begin with, type the formula in D5,
`=B5-INT(B5)`
• If you want to get only decimal values, this formula saves a lot of time.
• Later, hit Enter.

• In this way, we truncate the date and get the remaining time value in cell D5.
• At last, drag down the formula cell up to D9 to autofill the other cells.

ðŸ”Ž How does the formula work?

• Here, INT(B5) takes the date values as integers and time as fractions and returns only the date as integers.
• Later, we subtract it from B5 and get only the decimal portion which shows the time value only.

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### 2. Apply Custom Formatting to Exclude Date

In this method, we will customize the Format Cells option to exclude date from date-time data. The dataset in column B represents dd:mm:yy hh:mm format. We will customize this into hh:mm AM/PM format to obtain the desired result. This is a Time format and by implementing this we can truncate the dates. To do so, follow the steps.

Steps:

• First, select the range D5:D9 containing date-time data.
• After that, right-click on the selected cells to open the options menu.

• Eventually, it pops up then we click Format Cells.

• Subsequently, the Format Cells dialogue box opens up.
• Here, go to Number > Time and select a time format from the Type options box.
• Finally, tap OK.
• See the picture below to understand better.

• Thus, we get the dates truncated.

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### 3. Insert Excel TRUNC Function for Removing Date

Firstly, letâ€™s see what the TRUNC function is. The TRUNC function is under the Math and Trigonometry Functions category which truncates the decimal portion of a number and returns only an integer value. The Excel TRUNC function converts a number from a decimal or fractional representation to an integer. In this method, we will implement this function to truncate the date from the date-time value. Letâ€™s go through some procedures to do so.

Steps:

• Firstly, in cell D5, write the following formula,
`=B5-TRUNC(B5)`
• After that, press Enter to get the result.

• After we have our result in cell D5, drag it down to autofillÂ the column.
• Hence, we obtain our result.

ðŸ”Ž How does the formula work?

• In this formula, TRUNC(B5) sees the date-time as integer and decimal values. It breaks them down and truncates the decimal and returns only integer values.
• Secondly, we subtract it from B5 and get only the decimal portion which shows the time value only.

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### 4. Truncate Date Through Excel VBA

In the last method, we will truncate the date through Excel VBA. We can execute a simple VBA code and remove dates from our dataset. Follow the procedures to do so.

Steps:

• In the beginning, go to the Developer tab and tap Visual Basic to open the Visual Basic window.
• Afterward, click Insert then Module to create a module.

• Consequently, a module box pops up.
• Now, in the module box, type the formula,
``````Sub Truncate_Date()
With Range("D5")
Â Â Â  .Value = TimeValue(.Value)
Â Â Â  .NumberFormat = "hh:mm:ss AM/PM"
End With
End Sub``````
• Next, press Run to execute the code.

• As a result, we remove the date and obtain the desired time format in cell D5.

• Finally, autofill the remaining cells by dragging the Fill Handle down.

## Conclusion

In conclusion, we have discussed some easy ways to truncate a date in Excel. Hope you find this article helpful. Please leave any further queries or recommendations in the comment box below.

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