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Convert Date to Month in Google Sheets: Easy Guide

Jason Gong
App automation expert
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Google Sheets
April 15, 2024

To convert a date to a month in Google Sheets, use functions like =MONTH(), =TEXT() with formats 'MM', 'MMM', or 'MMMM', or advanced formulas for custom month names. This simplifies data management and enhances readability.

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How to Convert Date to Month in Google Sheets

Converting dates to months or extracting the month from a date in Google Sheets is a common task that can be accomplished using various methods. Whether you need to display the month as a number, a short name, or a full name, Google Sheets provides functions and formulas to achieve this. Additionally, you can also convert dates to both month and year formats depending on your requirements.

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Simple Methods to Convert Date to Month

To convert a date to its corresponding month number (e.g., "1" for January, "2" for February), you can use the =MONTH() function. For example, to convert the date in cell A2 to a month number, you would use:


If you prefer to display the month in a more readable format such as "01" for January or "02" for February, you can utilize the =TEXT() function with the "MM" format:

=TEXT(A2, "MM")

For a shortened month name like "Feb" or "Dec", use the "MMM" format within the =TEXT() function:

=TEXT(A2, "MMM")

To display the full month name such as "February", the formula changes slightly to include "MMMM" in the format:


Advanced Techniques for Custom Month Names

For more complex or custom month names, like "February Carnival", you can use the =INDEX() formula combined with a list of custom month names. First, create a list of month names in a range (e.g., N2:N13), then use:

=INDEX($N$2:$N$13, MONTH(A2))

Another advanced method involves the =ArrayFormula() combined with =VLOOKUP() to automatically apply custom month names across multiple rows. This method is particularly useful for large datasets:

=ArrayFormula(IF(A2:A="", "", VLOOKUP(MONTH(A2:A), {1, "Jan"; 2, "Feb"; 3, "Mar"; 4, "Apr"; 5, "May"; 6, "Jun"; 7, "Jul"; 8, "Aug"; 9, "Sep"; 10, "Oct"; 11, "Nov"; 12, "Dec"}, 2, 0)))

Converting Date to Month and Year

When the requirement extends to displaying both the month and year from a date, Google Sheets offers flexibility through the =TEXT() function with different formatting options:

  • To display the month and full year (e.g., "01/2022"), use:
    =TEXT(A1, "mm/yyyy")
  • For the month and the last two digits of the year (e.g., "01/22"), the formula is:
    =TEXT(A1, "mm/yy")
  • To show an abbreviated month and full year (e.g., "Jan. 2022"), apply:
    =TEXT(A1, "mmm. yyyy")
  • For the full month name and full year (e.g., "January 2022"), use:
    =TEXT(A1, "mmmm yyyy")

Each of these formulas assumes that the date you wish to convert is in cell A1. You can adjust the cell reference as needed to suit your data.

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By leveraging these methods, you can effectively manage and display dates as months or months and years in Google Sheets, enhancing the readability and utility of your data.

Automate Google Sheets Tasks with Bardeen

Converting dates to months in Google Sheets can be a manual process involving formulas, but with Bardeen, you can automate this task along with other related processes to save time and improve efficiency. Whether you're managing a project timeline, organizing events, or analyzing data, automating these tasks can significantly streamline your workflow.

Here are some examples of what you can automate related to Google Sheets using Bardeen:

  1. Copy a newly created Asana task to Google Sheets: Perfect for project managers looking to automatically update their Google Sheets with new tasks created in Asana. This ensures your project timelines and task lists in Google Sheets are always up-to-date.
  2. Create an Asana task when a Google Sheets spreadsheet is modified: Ideal for teams who use Google Sheets to track project updates. Whenever a spreadsheet is modified, a corresponding task is created in Asana, linking project data with actionable tasks.
  3. Create a ClickUp task when a Google Sheets spreadsheet is modified: This automation suits teams using ClickUp for task management. It creates a new task in ClickUp whenever changes are made to a Google Sheets spreadsheet, ensuring seamless project tracking across platforms.

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