We can quickly add days and months to a date value in Excel. By following a few simple steps, this tutorial will guide any level of Excel in working with dates in Excel

**Setting up the Data**

First, we will setup our data so that cell B2 will be the Date Value, cell B3 will be the Days to Add and cell B4 will be the Months to Add. We will then make the return value E2

*Figure 1 – Setting up the Data*

**Adding Days to a Date Value**

We can add days to a date value by using a simple SUM formula

**SUM Syntax**: `=SUM(Value 1, Value 2)`

- Enter a date in cell B2
- Type “10” in E2
- In cell E2, type this formula:
`=SUM(B2,10)`

* Figure 2 – SUM Formula for Dates*

We can see in this Example, the formula in E2 returns 1/11/18 because we added 10 days to 1/1/18

**Adding Months to a Date Value**

The math equation to add months to a Date is Number of Months x Number of Days in Months, but we can’t do this in Excel because all months don’t have the same number of days in them. Therefore, we must account for this variance when creating our formula. We can use the EDATE function for this

**EDATE Syntax: =EDATE(Starting Date, Number of Months)**

- Delete the days in cell B3
- Type “10” in cell B4
- In cell E2, type this formula
`=EDATE(B2,B4)`

*Figure 3 – Adding Months to Date using EDATE*

We can see in this example that the function automatically calculates the months and returns 11/1/18

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