In our daily work, we usually have the problem of counting the average of a period. If the given dates are continuous, we can handle this situation very well, and if the dates are discontinuous, how do we count the average for different periods? In this article, we will use some examples to show you how to** count the average for two dates by Average formula** in different situations.

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## 1. Count the Average Between Continuous Dates

First prepare a table with given dates and sales.

You can see the given dates are continuous, so we can count average by Average formula directly.

**Step1:** In B7, enter the below formula to count the average between dates ** 1/28/2019** and

**.**

`3/28/2019`

`=AVERAGE(B2:B4)`

**Step2:** Click **Enter** to get the result.

## 2. Count the Average Between Discontinuous Dates using Formula

If in above table the dates are discontinuous and unordered, how can we count the average of sales? See screenshot below.

You can follow below steps to count the average for two discontinuous dates.

**Step1:** Prepare another table to save the **Start Date, End Date and Average**.

**Step2:** In **Start Date** enter the start date of the period you want to count the average. In **End Date** enter the end date of the period you want to count the average. For example, we count the average for period ** 2/28/2019** and

**.**

`4/28/2019`

**Step3:** In Average, enter the formula:

`=AVERAGE(IF((A2:A7>=B10)*(A2:A7<=B11),B2:B7))`

In above formula, A2:A7 is the given date range, B10 is the start date, B11 is the end date, B2:B7 is the sales range.

**Step4:** After entering the formula, click ** Ctrl + Shift + Enter** to get the result.

Check the formula bar, you can find the formula is displayed as below. That’s an array formula.

**Notes:**

**1.** In step 4, if we just click **Enter** after entering the formula, then we will get an error here. That’s because above formula is an array formula.

**2.** If we just want to use a normal formula to count the average and click **Enter** to get the result, we can use below formula:

` =SUMPRODUCT(--(A2:A7>=B10),--(A2:A7<=B11),B2:B7)/SUMPRODUCT(--(A2:A7>=B10),--(A2:A7<=B11))`

We can get the same result.

## 3. Count the Average Between Discontinuous Dates using User Defined Function with VBA Code

You can also use a User Defined Function with **VBA Code** to count the average between two given dates in Excel. Just follow these steps:

**Step1:** Open the Visual Basic Editor (VBE) by pressing **Alt + F11** or going to the **Developer** tab and clicking **on Visual Basic**.

**Step2:** Insert a new module by going to the **Insert** menu and selecting **Module**.

**Step3:** Write your user defined function in the module using the **Function** keyword and the desired name, parameters and return value. Save and close the VBE.

```
Function MyAverage_Excelhow(rng1 As Range, rng2 As Range) As Double
Dim sum As Double
Dim count As Long
Dim i As Long
Dim crit1 As Variant
Dim crit2 As Variant
' Check if the ranges have the same size
If rng1.Rows.count <> rng2.Rows.count Or rng1.Columns.count <> rng2.Columns.count Then
MyAverage = CVErr(xlErrValue) ' Return a #VALUE! error
Exit Function
End If
' Get the criteria from cells B10 and B11
crit1 = ActiveSheet.Range("B10").Value
crit2 = ActiveSheet.Range("B11").Value
' Loop through the ranges and calculate the sum and count of the values that meet the criteria
For i = 1 To rng1.Cells.count
If rng1.Cells(i).Value >= crit1 And rng1.Cells(i).Value <= crit2 Then
sum = sum + rng2.Cells(i).Value
count = count + 1
End If
Next i
' Calculate and return the average
MyAverage_Excelhow = sum / count
End Function
```

**Note:** you need to change both two criterion variables in cell B10, B11 as you need.

**Step4:** Go back to Excel and enter a cell where you want to use the function. Type the following formula:

`=MyAverage_Excelhow(A2:A7,B2:B7)`

**Step5:** press **Enter **to apply this formula. And the average result will be returned.

## 4. Video: Count the Average Between Two Dates

This video will show you how to count the average between two dates in Excel using a simple formula or a VBA code.

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