Having trouble with date calculations in LibreOffice Calc? In this guide, you will learn how to calculate the types of date difference in LibreOffice Calc.

## Calculate Date Difference

Its always better to use a function to calculate the date difference. `DATEDIF` the function does just that. This function returns the number of whole days, months, years between two given start and end dates.

#### Syntax

`=DATEDIF(Start date; End date; Interval)`
• Start date and End date are the date range for your calculation.
• Interval is a string and accepted values are below.

## Examples

#### Number of days between two dates

If you want to calculate the number of days between two dates, use the `DATEDIF` function with interval `"d"`.

`=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"d")`

#### Number of months between two dates

In the above example, replace the interval with `m` to find out the number of months between two dates.

`=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"m")`

#### Number of years between two dates

Likewise, use the interval value `y` to calculate the number of years between two dates.

`=DATEDIF(A2,B2,"y")`

#### Number of months ignoring years

If you want to calculate the number of months between two dates ignoring the years, then use `ym` in the interval parameter.

#### Number of days ignoring months

Similarly to calculate the number of days between two dates ignoring the months, then use `ym` in the interval parameter.

#### Number of days ignoring years

Likewise, if you want to calculate the number of days between two dates ignoring the years, then use `yd` in the interval parameter.

#### Age calculation using birthday

You can also calculate age using the birthday of a person using the below formula by calculating `DATEDIF` between birthday and today’s date (via `TODAY()` function).

## Usage Notes

If you do a `DATEDIF` between two dates where your end date is less than your start date then you would get `Err:502`. So, in those cases, you can use `=MONTH() `or `DAY() `function and do subtraction between them.

I hope this clarifies the basics of date difference in LibreOffice Calc. Do let me know in the comments below for any issues.

Reference

Creator of libreofficehelp.com. The aim is to help as many people as possible with easy-to-understand tutorials. Connect with me via Telegram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or send us an email.

Subscribe
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks

How to link a cell from diffrence worksheet or file; Sometime it doesn’t working;
Thank your

Come on come on what date format is it is it month-day-year or dat-month-year

Last edited 2 months ago by Eric

this is a mistake how do I delete it why put up the faulty one and the corrected version

﻿And the real reason why they are working on Artificial Intelligence (AI) is statistics has realized that the world is going stupid.
for example ever gone to a internet search engine and put in a query, then the search engine asks “did you mean ……….” but there is no “YES” “NO” button to give a answer.
How kinky?
Now we have wasted all our money on Widescreen TV and can not afford a holiday, a lot of news clips are shown in narrow vision from cell phones, it looks like the TV news producers have lost their marbles.
And sad as it may be, that is just the tit of the iceberg.

come on come on what date format is it day-month-year or month-day-year