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MS Access: MonthName Function

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to use the Access MonthName function with syntax and examples.


The Microsoft Access MonthName function returns a string representing the month given a number from 1 to 12.


The syntax for the Microsoft Access MonthName function is:

MonthName ( number, [abbreviate] )

Parameters or Arguments

number is a value from 1 to 12, representing the month.

abbreviate is optional. This parameter accepts a boolean value, either TRUE or FALSE. If this parameter is set to TRUE, it means that the month name is abbreviated. If this parameter is set to FALSE, the month name is not abbreviated.

Applies To

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

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


MonthName (3)
Result: 'March'

MonthName (3, TRUE)
Result: 'Mar'

MonthName (7, FALSE)
Result: 'July'

Example (in VBA Code)

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

Dim LValue As String

LValue = MonthName (3, TRUE)

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

Example (in SQL/Queries)

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

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