Excel has made working with dates easier than ever before. We can perform some very handy tasks with dates. One such trick is to find days between two dates ignoring the year. DATEDIF helps us do this very easily. In this tutorial, we will learn how to get days between dates ignoring years.

*Figure 1. Example of How to Get Days Between Dates Ignoring Years*

**General Formula**

**=DATEDIF(start date,end date,"yd")**

**Process**

This formula is based on the function DATEDIF. It calculates the days,months or years between two dates. It can represent this difference between two dates in a numbers of ways. DATEDIF uses three arguments. They are: start date, end date, and unit. We provide the start and end dates with the unit and Excel displays the difference.

The unit argument controls the representation of the result. To get days between dates ignoring years, we use the “yd” unit here. It returns the days ignoring years.

**Setting up Data**

The following example uses a project information database. Column A, B and C has the project names, start date and end dates.

* Figure 2. The Sample Data Set*

To find the days to complete the projects ignoring years in column D:

- We need to select cell
**D2**with our mouse. - Assign the formula

to D2.**=DATEDIF(A2,B2,”yd”)** - Press
**Enter**to apply the formula to D2.

*Figure 3. Applying the Formula to the Data*

- Drag the formula from cells
**D2 to D6**to copy the formula to the entire column.

This will make column D display the days between the dates ignoring years.

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