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9/21/2008 4:41:08 PM
Excel Tip: Month Names
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I just posted a new Free Tip of The Week Video with Microsoft Excel.

Got a list of dates? Want to get the NAME of the month? This tip will show you how to get "January" out of "1/1/2000".

Here's the link: Excel Tip - Month Names.

Enjoy! Let me know what you think. Post your comments here.

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Another way Comment from David @ 4/30/2009
You can use =text(date,"mmmm") to display it as a date. This is different is different to having the date and formatting the cell as "mmmm" as using text(...) makes it text (oddly enough), whereas formatting the cell means that the contents of the cell are still a number, but are displayed differently. This does make a difference in some situations - if there isn't enough room in a cell to display the value it will flow over to the next cell when displayed as text, but it will display as #### when it's a number.
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Month name using a custom format Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/10/2008
Francois, you are correct. If all you want to do is SEE the month name, then what you are suggesting is perfectly valid. My method actually sets the value of the cell equal to "April", for example. This is important if you want to do anything with that value, such as include it in a statement like "you were born in April" or use that value in a Mail Merge. I should have made this intent clear in my tutorial, but thank you for bringing it up.

For everyone else, what Francois is suggesting is to just right-click on the cell and go to Format Cells. Then click on the Number tab, and under Category select Custom. In the Type box, type in "MMMM" without the quotes. That will make the cell display just the month name. The actual entire DATE, however, is still the value of the cell.
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Month name using a custom format Comment from Francois @ 10/6/2008
I would rather use a custom format to display the full month name than use a lookup.

"MMMM" should do the same job with much less effort.
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