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MS Access: DateDiff Function

Learn how to use the Access DateDiff function with syntax and examples.

Description

The Microsoft Access DateDiff function returns the difference between two date values, based on the interval specified.

Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Access DateDiff function is:

DateDiff ( interval, date1, date2, [firstdayofweek], [firstweekofyear])

Parameters or Arguments

interval is the interval of time to use to calculate the difference between date1 and date2. Below is a list of valid interval values.

Interval Explanation
yyyy Year
q Quarter
m Month
y Day of year
d Day
w Weekday
ww Week
h Hour
n Minute
s Second

date1 and date2 are the two dates to calculate the difference between.

firstdayofweek is optional. It is a constant that specifies the first day of the week. If this parameter is omitted, Access assumes that Sunday is the first day of the week. This parameter can be one of the following values:

Constant Value Explanation
vbUseSystem 0 Use the NLS API setting
vbSunday 1 Sunday (default)
vbMonday 2 Monday
vbTuesday 3 Tuesday
vbWednesday 4 Wednesday
vbThursday 5 Thursday
vbFriday 6 Friday
vbSaturday 7 Saturday

firstweekofyear is optional. It is a constant that specifies the first week of the year. If this parameter is omitted, Access assumes that the week containing Jan 1st is the first week of the year. This parameter can be one of the following values:

Constant Value Explanation
vbUseSystem 0 Use the NSL API setting
vbFirstJan1 1 Use the first week that includes Jan 1st (default)
vbFirstFourDays 2 Use the first week in the year that has at least 4 days
vbFirstFullWeek 3 Use the first full week of the year

Applies To

The DateDiff function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Access:

  • Access 2013, Access 2010, Access 2007, Access 2003, Access XP, Access 2000

Example

DateDiff ("yyyy", #15/10/1998#, #22/11/2003#)
Result: 5

DateDiff ("m", #15/10/2003#, #22/11/2003#)
Result: 1

DateDiff ("d", #15/10/2003#, #22/11/2003#)
Result: 38

Example (in VBA Code)

The DateDiff function can be used in VBA code in Microsoft Access. For example:

Dim LValue As Integer

LValue = DateDiff ("d", #15/10/2003#, #22/11/2003#)

In this example, the variable called LValue would now contain the value of 38.

Example (in SQL/Queries)

You can also use the DateDiff function in a query in Microsoft Access.

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