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MS Excel: YEAR Function (WS, VBA)

Learn how to use the Excel YEAR function with syntax and examples.

Description

The Microsoft Excel YEAR function returns a four-digit year (a number from 1900 to 9999) given a date value.

Syntax

The syntax for the Microsoft Excel YEAR function is:

YEAR( date_value )

Parameters or Arguments

date_value is a valid date.

Applies To

The YEAR function can be used in the following versions of Microsoft Excel:

  • Excel 2013, Excel 2011 for Mac, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, Excel 2003, Excel XP, Excel 2000

Type of Excel Function

The YEAR function can be used in Microsoft Excel as the following type of function:

  • Worksheet function (WS)
  • VBA function (VBA)

Example (as Worksheet Function)

Let's look at some Excel YEAR function examples and explore how to use the YEAR function as a worksheet function in Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel

Based on the spreadsheet above, the following Excel YEAR examples would return:

=YEAR(A1) would return 1999
=YEAR(A2) would return 2001
=YEAR(A3) would return 2003

Example (as VBA Function)

The YEAR function can also be used in VBA code in Microsoft Excel.

Let's look at some Excel YEAR function examples and explore how to use the YEAR function in Excel VBA code:

Dim LYear As Integer

LYear = Year("12/03/2001")

In this example, the variable called LYear would now contain the value of 2001.