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Mystery Function Calculates Age in Excel


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Mystery Function Calculates Age in Excel

I need an equation for calculating the number of years between today's date and a person's date of birth. What formula can I use to calculate age based on date of birth?

Supposing the person's date of birth is in cell A1, this formula will calculate the age: =DATEDIF(A1, TODAY(), "y"). Be sure to format the age cell as a number, not as a date. Surprisingly, unless you're running Excel 2000, you won't find this function in Help. Microsoft has supplied it in every version since Excel 5.0, but only documented it in Excel 2000 (an oversight?). DATEDIF is not mentioned in the Microsoft Knowledge Base, except for an article that lists it as a function not available in the Office Spreadsheet component. A search of http://msdn.microsoft.com for DATEDIF turns up exactly nothing on this mystery function.

DATEDIF's first date argument must be the earlier of the two dates. You can specify m rather than y to get the number of whole months between the dates or d to get the number of days. For a detailed (if unofficial) listing of the DATEDIF

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