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DATEDIF: Google Sheets Formulae Explained

How do you use DATEDIF in Google Sheets?

To use DATEDIF in Google Sheets, you will first need to open a new sheet or select an existing sheet. Once the sheet is open, enter the following formula into one of the cells:

=DATEDIF("date1","date2")

In the formula, "date1" is the date you are measuring the difference between, and "date2" is the date you want to use as the cutoff point. For example, if you wanted to know how many days, weeks, and months have passed since January 1, 2019, you would use the following formula:

=DATEDIF("1/1/2019","1/1/2020")

This would return the following values:

Days: 365 Weeks: 52 Months: 12

What is the syntax of DATEDIF in Google Sheets?

The syntax of the DATEDIF function in Google Sheets is as follows:

=DATEDIF(start_date, end_date, unit)

start_date - The start date of the time period you want to calculate.

end_date - The end date of the time period you want to calculate.

unit - The unit of time you want to calculate. This can be "days", "months", or "years".

What is an example of how to use DATEDIF in Google Sheets?

One way to use the DATEDIF function in Google Sheets is to calculate the difference between two dates. For example, if you want to know how many days, weeks, or months have passed since a certain date, you can use the DATEDIF function to do so. The function takes three arguments: the first is the start date, the second is the end date, and the third is the unit of measurement. The units of measurement available are "d" for days, "w" for weeks, "m" for months, and "y" for years.

To use the DATEDIF function, you first need to enter the start date and the end date in the appropriate cells. For example, if you want to know how many days have passed since January 1, 2019, you would enter "1/1/2019" in the first cell and "1/1/2020" in the second cell. Next, you need to enter the following formula in the cell where you want the result to appear: =DATEDIF(A2,B2,"d"). This will calculate the difference between the two dates in days.

If you want to calculate the difference in weeks, you would enter "=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"w")" in the cell where you want the result to appear. If you want to calculate the difference in months, you would enter "=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"m")" in the cell where you want the result to appear. And if you want to calculate the difference in years, you would enter "=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"y")" in the cell where you want the result to appear.

When should you not use DATEDIF in Google Sheets?

There are a few cases in which you should not use the DATEDIF function in Google Sheets. One such case is when you are trying to calculate the difference between two dates in different years. For example, if you are trying to calculate the difference between January 1, 2016 and January 1, 2020, the DATEDIF function will not work because the two dates are in different years. Another case in which you should not use the DATEDIF function is when you are trying to calculate the difference between two dates that are in different months. For example, if you are trying to calculate the difference between January 1, 2016 and February 1, 2016, the DATEDIF function will not work because the two dates are in different months.

What are some similar formulae to DATEDIF in Google Sheets?

DATEDIF is a formula that calculates the difference between two dates in days, weeks, months, and years. There are a few other formulas that can do the same thing in Google Sheets. The DATEDIF formula is: DATEDIF(startdate, enddate, unit) The other formulas are: DAYS(startdate, enddate) WEEKS(startdate, enddate) MONTHS(startdate, enddate) YEARS(startdate, enddate)

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