When you input the date time in Excel, you always need to calculate the date-time between 2 dates. This article will tell you how to calculate the time, hours, days, months, and years between 2 dates in Microsoft Excel with or without Excel functions.

### 1. The Example Worksheet And How To Input The Example Date.

#### 1.1 Below Is This Example Worksheet.

- In this example, there are 2 dates in Excel cells
**A2**and**B2**like the below table.

- The other columns’ values after column
**B**are the delta time, hour, month, and year between the first 2 column dates. - I will tell you how to calculate them with or without using Excel functions in this article.

#### 1.2 How To Input Example Date Time In Cell A2, B2.

- The date-time value in cell A2 is calculated with the Excel
**TEXT()**and**NOW()**functions. - The
**NOW()**function will get the current date-time in Excel. - The
**TEXT()**function will format the date-time number value with a string format. - Click the cell
**A2**, and input the excel formula**=TEXT(NOW(),”m/d/yyyy h:mm:ss”)**and press Enter key. - Now it will show the current date-time string text in cell
**A2**. - The date-time value in cell
**B2**is inputted just by hand.

### 2. How To Get The Number Of Date Time Between 2 Dates Without Using Function In Excel.

#### 2.1 How To Calculate The Number Of Days Between 2 Dates In Excel.

- The cell
**C2**‘s value is the number of days between dates**A2**and**B2**. - You can follow the below steps to calculate it.
- Click the cell
**C2**and input the formula**=B2-A2**in it. - Maybe you will find that cell
**C2**‘s value is a date-time string but not a number. - To fix this, you can right-click cell
**C2**, and then click the**Format Cells…**menu item in the popup menu list to open the**Format Cells**dialog. - Click the
**Number**tab in the**Format Cells**dialog. - Click the
**Number**item in the**Category**list. - Then the
**C2**value will be changed to a number value. - You may find the number value is a negative number, this is because the
**B2**date is before the**A2**date.

#### 2.2 How To Get The Formated Time String Between 2 Dates In Excel.

- If you think the delta time number is not visualized, you can also format the number into a date time string format.
- Input the formula
**=TEXT(B2-A2,”h:mm:ss”)**into cell**D2**, then you can see the delta date time in**hh:mm:ss**format. - If you do not want to see the negative sign before the date-time string, you can use the
**ABS()**function, and input the formula**=TEXT(ABS(B2-A2), “hh:mm:ss”)**in cell**E2**.

#### 2.3 How To Get The Hours, and Minutes Between 2 Dates In Excel.

- Cell
**F2**and**G2**are the hours and minutes between 2 dates. - You can input the formula
**=TEXT(ABS(B2-A2), “hh”)**in**F2**, and input the formula**=TEXT(ABS(B2-A2), “mm:ss”)**in cell**G2**.

### 3. How To Use DATEDIF Function To Get Delta Date Time Between 2 Dates In Excel.

#### 3.1 How To Get Delta Days, Months, Years Between 2 Dates In Excel Using DATEDIF() Function.

- The
**DATEDIF(start_date, end_date, options)**function is not a standard function, you need to input it wholely by hand. - The
**options**parameter can have 6 values as below. **“D”**: get the delta days number between 2 dates.**“M”**: get the delta months number between 2 dates.**“Y”**: get the delta years number between 2 dates.**“MD”**: get the delta days number between 2 dates, do not calculate year & month.**“YM”**: get the delta months number between 2 dates, do not calculate the year.**“YD”**: get the delta days number between 2 dates, do not calculate year but calculate month.- Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”D”)**in cell**H2**. - Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”M”)**in cell**I2**. - Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”Y”)**in cell**J2**. - Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”MD”)**in cell**K2**. - Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”YM”)**in cell**L2**. - Input
**=DATEDIF(B2,A2,”YD”)**in cell**M2**. - Then you get the above values in each cell.

### 4. How To Use The DAYS Function To Get the Number Of Days Between 2 Dates In Excel.

#### 4.1 Get The Number Of Days Between 2 Dates In Excel Using The DAYS() Function.

- You can also use the
**DAYS(end_date, start_date)**function to get the days between 2 dates in Excel. - Input
**=DAYS(B2, A2)**in a cell then you can get the delta days between the 2 dates.

### 5. How To Use The DATE Function To Get Delta Days Between 2 Excel Dates.

- The Excel
**DATE(year, month, day)**function can create an Excel DATE object. - If you know the 2 dates year, month, and day, then you can create 2 Excel DATE objects.
- Then minus the above 2 DATE objects to get delta days between them. Below is an example.
=DATE(2022,8,8) - DATE(2021,8,10)

### 6. How To Get Workdays Exclude Weekends Between 2 Excel Dates.

- You can use the formula
**NETWORKDAYS(start_date, end_date, [holidays])**to calculate the workdays number between 2 dates, this will not include the weekends. - The third parameter
**holidays**is a cell list that includes the holidays that will not be calculated as workdays. - Below is an example, suppose cell
**A1**‘s value is 1/1/2021, and cell**B1**‘s value is 1/1//2022. - Then you can use the formula
**=NETWORKDAYS(A1,B1)**to calculate the workdays between the 2 dates. - If you input 2 holidays such as 10/1/2021 in cell
**A3**, and 7/1/2021 in cell**B3**, then you can use the formula**=NETWORKDAYS(A1,B1,A3:B3)**to calculate the workdays between**A1**,**B1**and exclude the holiday in**A3**and**B3**.

### 7. How To Get The Days Number Between A Date And Today In Excel.

- First, you should use the
**TODAY()**function to get today’s value in Excel. - Then you can use the formula like
**=DATE(2022,12,1) – TODAY()**to calculate the days between today and the specified date.

### 8. How To Get The Workday Date From Now After Specified Number Of Days.

- You can use the Excel
**WORKDAY(start_date, days, holidays)**function to get the date value after the specified number of**days**from the**start_date**. - Below is an example, it will calculate the workday’s date after 3 days from today.
=WORKDAY(TODAY(),3)

### 9. Conclusion.

- Excel provides so many date-time-related functions and formulas for you to use.
- You can click the
**Formulas**tab —>**Date & Time**drop-down list to select the date-time formulas to use them.