# Convert date to month and year only in excel

In excel, how to get the month and year string from an excel date value. How to convert the dates including both date and time to text string, just only display as year and month. This post will guide you how to convert date to month and year value using Text Function in Microsoft Excel.

The Excel TEXT function converts a numeric value into text string with a specified format. You can convert all the standard number formats such as: dates, times, currency to Text string in excel.

The syntax of the TEXT function is as below:

`= TEXT (value, Format code)`

## Convert date to month and year with Text Function

If you want to convert the date to month and year only, you can use “yyyymm” format code within the TEXT function in excel, so you can write down the below TEXT formula:

`=TEXT(date,"yyyymm")` Assuming that you want to get the text string of month and year only from the date value: 12/1/2018 in Cell B1, then you can enter the following TEXT function into Cell C1.

In the above example, the TEXT function will apply the format code that you specified and returns a text string “201812” in Cell C1.

For more format codes in excel formatting, you can refer to the below table:

 Format Code Description Examples 0 only display digits in its place #.00 – Forces the function to display two decimal places =Text(34.234,”\$##.00″) result: \$34.23 # Display the placeholder =Text(4.527,”#.##) result: 4.53 . the position of Decimal Point =Text(342.2,”0.00″) result: 342.20 d Day of the month or day of week d- one or two digit number (1-31) dd- two digit number (01-31) ddd-abbreviated day of week (Mon to Sun) dddd-full name of day of week(Monday to Sunnday) =Text(TODAY(),”DDDD”) result: Monday m The Month of the Year m- one or two digit number mm-two digit number mmm-abbreviated month(Jan to Dec) mmmm-full name of month(January to December)) =Text(TODAY(),”MM/DD/YY”) result:11/06/17 y year yy-two digit representation of year(e.g.01,17) yyyy-four digit representation of year(e.g. 2001,2017) =Text(TODAY(),”MM/DD/YY”) result:11/06/17 h Hour h-one or two digit number (e.g. 1,23) hh-two digit number (e.g. 01,23) =Text(14:16,”hh:mm”) result: 14:16 m Minute m-one or two digit representation (e.g. 1,59) mm-two digit representation (e.g. 01,59) =Text(14:16,”hh:mm”) result: 14:16 s Second s-one or two digit representation (e.g. 1,59) ss=two digit representation (e.g. 01,59)

## Convert date to month and year with Format Cell option

If you just want to display a date from 12/1/2018 to “201812” in cell B1, you do not need a formula, just refer to the following steps:

1# selected the cells you want to display a date with the year and month. 2# right click on the selected cells and click on “Format cells…”

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