Excel Tip – Extracting a Birthday from a Date of Birth

Ever had issues when trying to Sort Birthdays in the correct order? Changing the Format of a D.O.B to dd-MMM doesn’t work. When you sort, it still orders by Birth Date (age) and not Birth Day because the Year component still exists even though it does not display. The simplest solution is to extract just the Day and Month component by using the Text Function. E.g. =Text(E2, “dd-MMM”) where E2 references a D.O.B. field. Even though this is now a Text Field (auto-aligns to the left), because Excel recognises the Day-Month combination, it assumes the current year (just like when you type a “year-less” date) and therefore thinks you have a Date stored as Text. So, when you use the Custom Sort yo

Excel Tip - How to calculate the number of Working Days between 2 Dates

In Excel, subtracting an Earlier Date from a Later one will calculate the number of Days in between - which can be very useful. However, we may need to calculate the number of Working Days between 2 Dates. If that is the case then NETWORKDAYS() is your go-to function. (Makes more sense if you read this as NET WORKDAYS and not NETWORK DAYS) It excludes weekends plus has an optional argument that will exclude Holidays and other Non-working Days that you list in a Data Range. NB! Just like any other Date calculations though, you need to work with genuine dates (auto-aligned to the right), otherwise this will simply error. The default weekend for the NETWORKDAYS() Function is Saturday and Sunda

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